OXFORD City AC duo Hannah England and Nathan Douglas have seen their Commonwealth Games medal prospects boosted by the withdrawal of some of their main rivals.

England has had a hugely successful 2010, and is going for glory in both the 800m and 1500m in Delhi, while Douglas tackles the triple jump.

With teammate Lisa Dobriskey pulling out, England has high hopes of success.

She said: “I’m really excited about attending the Games, despite the recent negative press.

“I’m competing in both the 1500m and 800m, with the rounds taking place over five consecutive days.

“That’s going to be tough, but I hope to at least make the final of the 1500m and to compete strongly in that if I do.

“I would also love to make the 800m final, but I think that this will prove tougher as it’s not a distance I run regularly.”

The 23-year-old added that she never had any doubts about her participation in Delhi.

“We were reassured that the facilities there would be suitable,” she said.

“This is my first multisport Games and I can’t wait to get started and to soak up the atmosphere.”

Douglas will be hoping to avoid a repeat of his injury nightmare that has dogged him over the last few seasons.

The 27-year-old finished a disappointing tenth in the European Championship final with a best leap of 16.48m.

With World and European champion Phillips Idowu another notable withdrawal, Douglas has certainly got a medal chance if he can pull out a couple of decent jumps.

Olympic bronze medallist Leevan Sands, from the Bahamas, has also withdrawn, increasing Douglas’s chances.