7th August 2022
Home nations add six medals on final morning of athletics action at Commonwealth Games
Gold for England in the men’s 4x100m relay and silvers for Matthew Hudson-Smith (club: Gary Evans; club: Birchfield), Victoria Ohuruogu (Christine Ohuruogu; Newham & Essex Beagles) and the women’s 4x100m relay team headlined proceedings as the home nations took six medals on the final morning of athletics action at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The men’s quartet of Jona Efoloko (Clarence Callender; Sale Harriers Manchester), Zharnel Hughes (Glen Mills; Shaftesbury Barnet), Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (Ryan Freckleton; Newham & Essex Beagles), and Ojie Edoburun (Stuart McMillan; Shaftesbury Barnet) stormed to gold in a season’s best of 38.35s.
An explosive first leg from Efoloko was matched by a smooth changeover and a rapid backstraight from Hughes who helped open up a slight advantage. Mitchell-Blake ran an excellent bend to give Edoburun an even bigger lead over Trinidad and Tobago and the Shaftesbury Barnet man stormed to the title in style.
The women’s 4x100m relay quartet of Asha Philip (Newham & Essex Beagles), Imani-Lara Lansiquot (Stuart McMillan; Sutton & District), Bianca Williams (Enfield & Haringey) and Daryll Neita (Marco Airale; Cambridge Harriers) rounded off the programme with silver behind Nigeria in a season’s best 42.41s.
Philip produced a typically hard opening leg and Lansiquot ran an excellent back straight to keep the pressure on Nigeria. Bianca Williams kept the England team in contention heading into the home straight and despite a storming last leg from Neita, England had to settle for silver.
Scotland’s quartet of Rebecca Matheson (Ryan Oswald; Woodford Green Essex Ladies), Alisha Rees (Leon Baptiste; Edinburgh AC), Shannon Malone (Glyn Hawkes; Thames Valley) and Taylah Spence (Eoghan MacNamara; Orkney) put together an excellent run in the outside lane, culminating in a Scottish record of 45.01s, coming home in eighth spot.
In the men’s 400m, England’s Hudson-Smith was pipped to the title by Zambia’s fast-finishing Muzala Samukonga, taking gold in 44.66s, with the Birchfield man second in 44.81s.
Hudson-Smith led for almost the entire race owed to a powerful start and looked to have done enough for gold heading down the home straight. But the Zambian had other ideas as he finished like a train from lane eight, clocking 44.66s to take gold and bumping Hudson-Smith into silver medal position.
The women’s equivalent saw England’s Victoria Ohuruogu (Christine Ohuruogu; Newham & Essex Beagles) grab silver and a personal best in 50.72s and Jodie Williams (Ryan Freckleton; Herts Phoenix) the bronze in 51.26s, as Sada Williams of Barbados broke the games record with a 49.90s effort.
Ohuruogu ran a solid first 200m to set her up nicely for a shot at the medals and coming off the final bend, with Jodie Williams well in the hunt in lane nine. Ohuruogu timed her charge perfectly, storming into second position, with Williams holding on for bronze in a season’s best time.
Ama Pipi (Linford Christie; Enfield & Haringey) took fourth position in 51.36s after another quick finish, while Scotland’s Zoey Clark (Ryan Oswald; Thames Valley) cut the tape in eighth spot in 51.90s
Cindy Sember (Jeff Porter; Woodford Green Essex Ladies) kicked off the action on the track with her first senior outdoor medal with bronze for England in the 100m hurdles. Sember was composed through the first four hurdlers and moved through the gears in the second half of the race.
She swept past Jamaica’s Megan Tapper and into bronze medal position to stop the clock in 12.59 (-0.2), narrowly missing out on silver by one-hundredth of a second to Devon Charlton of Barbados. World champion Tobi Amusan (NGR) added the Commonwealth title to her world title in a games record of 12.30s.
In the men’s 10,000m race walk, England’s Callum Wilkinson (Rob Heffernan; Enfield & Haringey) claimed an impressive fourth place, with compatriot Tom Bosworth (Andi Drake; Tonbridge) seventh in his final Commonwealth Games.
As the heat pounded down on the Alexander stadium, Wilkinson was in the breakaway group of five athletes early on but could not keep pace as the laps wore on. He crossed the line in a season’s best 39:06.28, just outside his lifetime best. Bosworth stopped the clock in 40:58.64 in the swelting midday sun, as Evan Dunfee (CAN) took the title in 38:36.37.
Ben Williams (Aston Moore; Birchfield), the only home nations man in field event action, took eighth place in the triple jump with an opening round effort of 16.03m (0.9), his only legal jump of proceedings.
Home Nations Medals
Gold: Hannah Cockroft [Women’s T33-34 100m]; Katarina Johnson-Thompson [Women’s Heptathlon]; Nathan Maguire [Men’s T53-54 1500m]; Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker [Men’s T45-47 100m]; JohnBoy Smith [Men’s T53-54 Marathon]; Nick Miller [Hammer Throw], Men’s 4x100m relay
Silver: Kare Adenegan [Women’s T33-34 100m]; Lizzie Bird [Women’s 3000m Steeplechase]; Molly Caudery [Women’s Pole Vault]; Adam Hague [Men’s pole vault]; Sophie Hahn [Women’s T37-38 100m]; Keely Hodgkinson [Women’s 800m]; Matthew Hudson-Smith [Men’s 400m]; Zharnel Hughes [Men’s 200m]; Jade Lally [Women’s Discus]; Victoria Ohuruogu [Women’s 400m]; Lawrence Okoye [Men’s Discus]; Eden Rainbow-Cooper [Women’s T53-54 Marathon]; Zac Shaw [Men’s T11-12 100m]; Daniel Sidbury [Men’s T53-54 1500m]; Women’s 4x100m Relay
Bronze: Ola Abidogun [Men’s T45-47 100m]; Fabienne Andre [Women’s T33-34 100m]; Harry Coppell [Men’s pole vault]; Simon Lawson [Men’s T53-54 Marathon]; Scott Lincoln [Men’s Shot Put]; Naomi Metzger [Women’s Triple Jump]; Daryll Neita [Women’s 100m]; Jade O’Dowda [Women’s Heptathlon]; Andrew Pozzi [Men’s 110m Hurdles]; Cindy Sember [100m hurdles]; Jodie Williams [Women’s 400m]
Silver: Kate O’Connor [Women’s Heptathlon]
Gold: Eilish McColgan [Women’s 10,000m]
Silver: Sean Frame [Men’s T53-54 Marathon]
Bronze: Sammi Kinghorn [Women’s T53-54 1500m]; Jake Wightman [Men’s 1500m]; Laura Muir [Women’s 800m]
Gold: Olivia Breen [Women’s T37-38 100m], Aled Davies [Men’s F42-44 / 61-64 Discus]
Bronze: Harrison Walsh [Men’s F42-44 / 61-64 Discus]
Bronze: Alastair Chalmers [Men’s 400m hurdles]