Glasgow 2014: Australia name 103 athletes in track & field squad

Sally Pearson celebrates her gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Dates:
23 July - 3 August
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Live on BBC TV, HD, BBC Radio 5 live, Red Button, Connected TVs, online, tablets and mobiles

Australia have named a track and field squad of 103 for this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

It is the largest athletics team to leave Australian shores and second only in number to the squad that won 84 gold medals at the Melbourne Games of 2006.

Australia sent 66 athletes to the 2010 Games in Delhi when they won 11 gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

The 2014 squad features Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson and World javelin silver medallist Kim Mickle.

Australian record holders Melissa Breen (100m), Alana Boyd (pole vault), Ryan Gregson (1500m), Ben St Lawrence (10,000m) and Benn Harradine (discus) are also included.

The squad contains 44 athletes who will make their open age major championship debut.

Chef de Mission of the Australian team, Steve Moneghetti, said: "It's fantastic to see such large numbers and that comes first from the sport giving the athletes the opportunity, and second from the athletes taking advantage of the opportunity.

"The Commonwealth Games has often been the first multi-sport team experience for young athletes and many of those selected fall into that category."