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A few names to look out for at the CWG

Stan Rayan

KOCHI: Sprint sensation Usain Bolt, swimming's glamorous Olympic champion Stephanie Rice, triple jump's World champion Phillips Idowu and cycling great Chris Hoy.

For the last few weeks, we've only been hearing about the stars who will not be coming to the Commonwealth Games. And the missing names appeared to be getting longer and louder this week.

Well, here's the list of stars who will be on the flight to Delhi. And a list of others who could be big names by the time they leave the Indian Capital on October 14.

Australia's breast-stroke world record-holders Christian Spregner and Brenton Rickard, Olympic champion Leisel Jones, Olympic and World champion Jessicah Schippers along with England's double Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington and world champions Gemma Spofforth and Liam Tancock could be the stars to watch in swimming.

We will also have two exciting young girls from Australia — the 18-year-old Emily Seebohm and the 14-year-old Yolane Kukla, who made waves at the recent Pan Pacific swimming championship in California.

Track & field stars

Kenya's 1,500m Olympic champion Nancy Jebet Lagat, Australia's Olympic pole-vault champion Steve Hooker, long jump's indoor world champion Fabrice Lapierre and South African Caster Semenya, who stirred up a controversy after her 800m victory at the Berlin World Championship last year should be among those in the spotlight in athletics.

Badminton, now closely followed in the country after the stunning feats of Saina Nehwal, will have Malaysia's men's World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and the world's top doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

And in squash, where Joshna Chinnappa and Dipika Pallikal are making headlines frequently, we'll have the World No.1 Nicol David who won the women's World Open title for the fifth time equalling Australian Sarah Fitz-Gerald's record of five titles, the other day.

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