12th April 2018
BUMPER MEDAL HAUL FOR HOME NATIONS ON DAY FIVE
The home nations starred on the track and in the field with a bumper eight medal haul on day five of the athletics programme at the Commonwealth Games.
Sophie Hahn (Joseph McDonnell) took the only gold for the home nations with victory in the women’s T35 100m, with Olivia Breen (Aston Moore) becoming the first athlete to secure two medals at the games, taking bronze for Wales.
Scotland’s Eilidh Doyle (Brian Doyle) ran a perfect race to secure silver in the women’s 400m hurdles at the start of the programme, with Kyle Langford (Jon Bigg) closing the programme with a silver in the men’s 800m.
Leon Reid (James Hillier) snatched a bronze in the men’s 200m final in 20.55 after Zharnel Hughes (Patrick Moore) was disqualified for a lane infringement after winning in 20.12 – Dina Asher-Smith (Jon Blackie) held off Elaine Thompson for bronze in the women’s 200m in 22.29.
In the field, it was double delight for Team England as Shara Proctor (Rana Reider) and Luke Cutts (Trevor Fox) both secured bronze medals in the women’s long jump and men’s pole vault respectively.
After winning bronze, Asher-Smith said: “When I saw 22.29 in April at the beginning of the season, I can’t complain. I’ll be running all the way through until August with the goal of getting faster for the Europeans but it’s not a bad start at all.
“I knew I had to have good speed endurance and that’s why I shut down my indoor season early and I’m so happy to run that time in April which is crazy.”
Doyle dug deep on the home straight and began proceedings with a silver medal in the women’s 400m hurdles in 54.80.
The Scot ran an excellent final bend to pass South Africa’s Wenda Nel and secure second place and another athletics medal for Scotland.
Jack Green (self-coached) could not follow suit as he missed out on a medal in the 400m hurdles final by just 0.02s after being pipped to bronze on the line. He finished fourth in 48.18.
After winning silver, Doyle said: “That meant so much to me, I knew this would be the hardest Games to win a medal.
“I’m absolutely delighted to come away with a medal. I had to focus on my own race and execute the right stride pattern. It was a nice clean race. I’ve got a really good team around me, they have been brilliant.”
Two further home nations medals quickly followed in the women’s T38 100m as with Hahn taking Team England’s first gold on the track and Breen winning her second medal of the games.
Hahn streaked to victory in 12.46, just 0.02 outside her world record, while Breen held on to take third in 13.35 to take bronze. Katrina Hart (Rob Ellchuk) finished sixth in a season’s best 14.82.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” Hahn said. “I’ve always wanted to be Commonwealth champion and to do that here in Australia is great. I’ve not raced the Aussie (Rhiannon Clarke) before, and I thought straight away, she’s pretty good so I need to be on my game.
“It’s quite early in the season for us so my training had to change a little and I had to introduce speed work earlier, so to run that time this early on, I can’t ask for more really. This year is all about consistency, next year we’ll pick it up and look to peak for Tokyo.”
Proctor (Rana Reider) produced when it mattered to grab a bronze medal in the women’s long jump with a best of 6.75m, edging out Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson), who was fourth with 6.69m. Jazmin Sawyers (Lance Brauman) was seventh in 6.35m.
Cutts (Fox) took bronze in the men’s pole vault after a best of 5.45m, with countryman Adam Hague (Fox) also clearing 5.45m, but missed out on a medal on count back. Jade Lally (Andrew Neal) finished seventh in the women’s discus final with a best of 53.97m.
Langford came from sixth place with 200m to go to secure a silver medal in the men’s 800m final in 1:45.16, with Jake Wightman (Geoff Wightman) fourth in 1:45.82.
Five home nations athletes began their heptathlon programme with Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Bertrand Valcin) leading the way after day one with 3765 points with Niamh Emerson (David Feeney) is fourth on 3568.
Kate O’Connor (Francis O’Hagan) and Holly McArthur (Iain McEwan) further back in ninth & tenth with 3318 and 3270 respectively. Katie Stainton (Kelly Sotherton) withdrew ahead of the evening session following a nasty fall in the 100m hurdles.
England’s Alex Bell (Andrew Henderson) setting a new personal best of 2:00.11 on her way to qualification for tomorrow’s women’s 800m final, finishing her heat second.
Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (Jon Bigg) missed out on qualification as she came third in 2:00.81, while Ciara Mageean (Steve Vernon), Lynsey Sharp (Terrence Mahon) and Adelle Tracey (Craig Winrow) also failed to progress.
Rachel Wallader (Richard Woodhall) Sophie McKinna (Mike Winch) & Amelia Strickler (Steve Manz) all qualified automatically for the women’s shot put final after beating the 16.50m qualification mark, with Wallader and McKinna setting new season’s bests of 17.20m and 17.24m respectively.
Tiffany Porter (Jeff Porter) needed to dip on the line to progress to the women’s 100m hurdles final automatically in third in 12.99. She was joined by Alicia Barrett (Toni Minichiello) who snuck through in 13.19 as a fastest loser. Caryl Granville (Darrell Maynard) finished sixth in 13.98.
Zane Duquemin (John Hillier) progressed into the men’s discus final with an effort of 57.66m while Nathan Douglas (Aston Moore) secured his place in Saturday’s triple jump final with a leap of 16.27m. Fellow Englishman Nathan Fox withdrew hours before the competition started citing an acute injury.
Both England’s Zac Shaw (Joseph McDonnell) & Wales’ James Ledger (Christian Malcolm) both missed out on a spot in the men’s T12 100m final as fastest losers. Shaw notched 11.55 to finish his heat second and Ledger was third in 11.77.