Matthew Hudson-Smith expects Glasgow advantage

Matthew Hudson-Smith competing in Birmingham on June 27, 2014
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Team England's Matthew Hudson-Smith expects the fact that the Commonwealth Games are in Glasgow to be an advantage for the home nations.

Team England 400m runner Matthew Hudson-Smith believes that the location of this summer's Commonwealth Games will be an advantage to the home nations.

Glasgow is the host city for the 20th edition of the Games later this month, with many people expecting the excitement of the London Olympics two years ago to carry over to the event.

While Scotland will be competing separately to England this time around, Hudson-Smith is still expecting a good amount of support for his team.

"I think [it could be an advantage]. Even though it's in Scotland, I think the crowd will get behind Team England as well. Even though it was a small crowd when we went to the Glasgow Grand Prix, it didn't seem like it. It was proper noisy, it was amazing actually," the 19-year-old told Sports Mole.

Hudson-Smith was not a member of the British team for the 2012 Olympics, but he has experienced the growth of athletics at a junior level as a result of the Games' success.

"Since the Olympics there are a lot of juniors that have stepped up their game. Not just me, there are loads out there. There are a lot of juniors coming through and I'd expect there to be a lot of medals in that department," he added.

"I think the London Olympics was the catalyst because you saw first hand what you could do in your own country, and it was amazing to watch it. I was lucky enough to get tickets actually, and it was a great experience."

Hudson-Smith took 0.83s off his personal best at the Glasgow Grand Prix earlier this month and has insisted that there is more to come from him.

Matthew Hudson-Smith competing in Birmingham on June 27, 2014
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