It was a dramatic day of athletics at the Gold Coast. While Sophie Hahn won gold on the track, Zharnel Hughes had his gold medal taken away. Sophie completed a full set of major gold medals with the Commonwealth title in the T38 100m. Zharnel crossed the line first in the 200m final, but was disqualified for impeding Jereem Richards in the next lane. A lengthy appeal was to no avail.
Sophie began as favourite, and so it proved as she took first in 12.46s, just 0.02s outside of her own world record. Wales’ Olivia Breen added a bronze to her long jump gold. Katrina Hart came sixth.
Zharnel led for the whole race, but a flailing arm as he strived for the line caught Richards full on. A disqualification always looked likely, but it meant that Northern Ireland’s Leon Reid was upgraded to a bronze medal. Dina Asher-Smith also took bronze in the women’s event against a world class field. She finished just ahead of the world champion, but 400m specialists Miller-Uibo and Jackson finished strongly with a games record and PB respectively. England’s Bianca Williams finished in sixth.
There was also drama in the final event of the day, the men’s 800m final Kyle Langford with his trademark late surge took silver, almost catching Kinyamal in the final stages. Reigning champion Nijel Amos, who led in the early stages, finished in last place. Scotland’s Jake Wightman was just outside the medals in fourth.
Earlier in the evening, Eilidh Doyle claimed her second Commonwealth silver medal, but against a stronger field than in Glasgow. She finished strongly in 54.80s. Jack Green ran just 0.02s outside of a medal in the men’s event, in a creditable fourth.
With three English athletes in the women’s long jump final, hopes for medals were high. Shara Proctor, who is performing more like her old self, too bronze with 6.75m, just a couple of centimetres behind silver. Lorraine Ugen finished in fourth with Jazmin Sawyers in seventh.
In the men’s pole vault, Luke Cutts and Adam Hague were in a tight battle for a medal. They both cleared 5.45m, but Luke took bronze on countback. In the discus, Jade Lally was off the pace, managing seventh..
Favourite Katarina Johnson-Thompson holds the lead after the first day of the heptathlon, despite not being at her best. Her superiority in the 200m gives her a cushion of 126 pts following 13.54s hurdles, 1.87m high jump, 11.54m shot and 23.56s 200m. Niamh Emerson currently lies in fourth place. Katie Stainton crashed out in the hurdles.
In the morning session, evergreen Nathan Douglas qualified for the triple jump final with a 16.27 leap. England’s Rachel Wallader, Amelia Strickler and Sophie McKinna all qualified for the shot final.
Tiffany Porter and Alicia Barrett progressed to the sprint hurdles final. In the women’s 800m heats, there was stiff competition which saw Lynsey Sharp, Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, Adelle Tracey and Ciara Mageean fail to make the final, but late replacement Alex Bell ran a PB behind Semenya to claim her place.