Good news for Commonwealth Games organisers - two of their major track drawcards will compete in Glasgow, but the waiting game for the biggest name of them all continues.

Britain's Mo Farah, the double London Olympic champion, will contest the 5000m and 10,000m at Hampden Park, while David Rudisha, the world record-holder and Olympic champion, will run the 800m.

And add in two-time Olympic champion, and winner of three world championship crowns, Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi, who will chase gold in the 3000m steeplechase.

Farah, born in Somalia but who settled in England aged eight, won his Olympic gold medals - just the seventh man to achieve that feat - accompanied by a thunderous roar as he made his way around the track.

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He has recently returned to track running after taking a break dating back to the world champs last August.

The 31-year-old, known for his celebratory double pat on his head, has a Commonwealth Games target too. Although he has won at Olympic, world and European championships, there's a gap on his CV.

He finished only ninth in the 5000m in Melbourne in 2006 and pulled out of the 2010 Games in Delhi citing fatigue.

As for Rudisha, exactly how good is the 25-year-old Kenyan?

Consider his record: he was the first person to run under 1min 41s for the 800m, which he did winning Olympic gold in London, holds the three fastest, and six of the eight quickest times in the event; and has won three successive Track & Field Athlete of the Year awards, tied with Carl Lewis.

Rudisha will tune up for the Games by competing at the Diamond League meet in the city on July 11-12, in his first appearance in Britain since the Olympic victory.

He has had injury niggles, but a win over 800m at the New York Diamond League meet this month suggested he's coming right at - for Games organisers - the right time.

"My victory in New York has given me a lot of confidence and something which I will take with me to Hampden Park," Rudisha said.

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"The Glasgow Grand Prix will give me the best possible preparation for the Commonwealth Games. I know the field will include not only the best athletes in the Commonwealth, but the world too."

All good news for Games organisers, who now have fingers collectively crossed for the biggie.

The latest word from camp Usain Bolt suggests the world's fastest man is a 50-50 proposition for the Games.

The two-time triple Olympic sprint champion has been absent from recent high profile events.

He has withdrawn from two Diamond League meets citing unreadiness, rather than unfitness. One of those is in Paris on July 5.

He did have a foot injury in April but is over that. The problem is he's behind where he'd normally be in terms of full training.

But that doesn't mean he should be counted out of Glasgow just yet.

He has declared an interest in competing there, but most likely it will be in just one event, probably the 200m.

"That's the only title I don't have, so I think it's something I'd like to go for," he has said of the Commonwealth Games.

Even if there's no trademark archer celebration on show, Jamaica can still be expected to be a dominant force on the Hampden Park track.

They won 12 medals at the London Olympics on the track.

The athletics programme starts on July 27.

Farah will be in action that first day in the 5000m.

The longer distance will be run as the showpiece event on Friday night, August 1, the penultimate night of track and field in Glasgow.