Countdown to Rio: Track & field's Matthew Hudson-Smith

07 August 2014 / 11:10

Home nations enjoyed their most successful Commonwealth Games ever in Glasgow. But who were the stars of the Games, whose targets have now been reset on the road to Rio - with the Olympics just two years away?

Matthew Hudson-Smith anchored England's 4x400m relay team to Commonwealth Games gold and then described what seemed an unlikely vicory as 'crazy'.

Certainly his rapid ascent has been eye-catching - emerging from the junior ranks in style this season.

The 19-year old became only the second British teenager to break 45 seconds for the 400m and is now represented by the same management company as Usain Bolt.

Hudson-Smith has only run seven times over one lap this season and yet held off the challenge of Chris Brown, who anchored the Bahamas to relay gold at London 2012.

"I'm a bit overwhelmed," he said. “That was crazy. One minute I'm Under-20s, then I'm seniors at the Commonwealths and I've got the Europeans next.

“I've been like a little hidden talent really. I've always been doing 400m training and I was going to do it last year.

“This was an important experience for the future. This is probably so similar to the Olympics that it is a platform that can give us momentum and help us get more medals.”

Other stars of Glasgow 2014 looking to travel on the road to Rio

Ross Murdoch (Swimming)

Claudia Fragapane (Gymnastics)

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