Scotland’s Maria Lyle brought home the UK’s only athletics medal on day 4 of competition on the Gold Coast. The 18 year old prevented an Australian clean sweep in the T35 100m final, claiming silver in 15.14s. England’s Daphne Schrager and Maria Verdeille came 5th and 6th.
Serveral British athletes claimed 5th place in their respective finals: Joshua Bain (F38 shot put), Dan Bramble (long jump) and Allan Smith (high jump – Chris Baker, David Smith and Robbie Grabarz finished 9th, 10th and 12th). Rosie Clark came closest to a medal with a confidence-boosting 4th place in the 3000m steeplechase. Rosie ran 9.36.29, some 11 seconds behind third place. Iona Lake finished 8th and Lennie Waite 10th.
Even though there was no morning session, there was qualification events in the evening. All three English long jumpers progressed to tomorrow’s final with Shara Proctor leading the way on 6.89m. Lorraine Ugen and Jazmin Sawyers will join Shara, but Wales’ Rebecca Chapman struggled to make an impact.
In the 200m semi-finals, Zharnel Hughes continued to impress winning his heat in 20.37s. Northern Ireland’s Leon Reid also impressed qualifying in 2nd place in his heat. Richard Kilty could not do enough to make it through. In the women’s event, Dina Asher-Smith – second fastest in 22.44s will be joined in tomorrow’s final by Bianca Williams, who claimed a fastest loser’s spot. Finette Agyapong finished just outside of qualification, and Amy Foster was further down the field.