England’s sprint relay teams both produced quality performances on the last day of track and field on the Gold Coast despite missing some key players. The men’s team – Reuben Arthur, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey – got the ball rolling, with Reuben stepping up to the plate, superb legs by Zharnel and Richard, and Harry holding off the South African and Jamaican challenge.
In the women’s relay, Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams gave enough of a lead for long jumper Lorraine Ugen to hold on for gold from the fast closing Olympic champion in an English record time of 42.46s.
Morgan Lake won her first senior global medal with silver in the high jump. She cleared 1.93m but could not beat Levern Spencer’s 1.95m. Scotland’s Nikki Manson took 7th spot, Bethan Partridge 8th and Northern Ireland’s Sommer Lecky 10th.
Back on the track, Laura Weightman hauled herself up into 3rd position after Obiri’s front-running spread out the field. Eilish McColgan came 6th, 1500m bronze medallist Melissa Courtney finished 9th, followed in by Emma Mitchell (13th), Steph Twell (14th) and Guernsey’s Sarah Mercier (16th).
In the 1500m, Jake Wightman, who had narrowly missed out on 800m medal, fought his way into bronze medal position. Charlie Da’Vall Grice came in fourth, and Chris O’Hare in eighth.
England’s 4x400m team could not hang on for a medal, finishing in fourth, with the Scotland team running a Scottish record of 3:29.18 in sixth.
Evergreen Nathan Douglas lay in 3rd position after his first two jumps in the triple jump final. He slipped back to 5th with a series of no jumps.