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.
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.
As Andy Pozzi and Sophie Hitchon had a day they would rather forget, Welsh athlete Melissa Courtney snatched a bronze in the women’s 1500m – the only British medal on Day 3 of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Just as it looked as though there would be no podium appearance for the home countries, Courtney held off two Australian athletes, as she was pulled along to a PB by the quick running Semenya. Scottish duo McColgan and Twell were the next best place home country runners in 6th and 7th, with McDonald in 8th.
After his world indoor title and an impressive run in the heats, Andy Pozzi looked as if he had every chance of another global title. He appeared to recover after clattering the first hurdle, but he clipped the 7th throwing himself off-balance to hit the next two hurdles and finish equal 6th.
Sophie Hitchon’s hopes of gold, came to nothing as she failed to register a distance in the hammer throw. Problems with positioning her feet and the resultant over-rotation led to an early exit from the final.
Paralympic and world champion, Hollie Arnold won the home countries only medal on Day 2 of Commonwealth Games athletics, but she had to break the world record on her final throw to take gold. Arnold threw 44.43m in the F46 javelin, narrowly beating her namesake and closest rival Holly Robinson of New Zealand, who had herself broken the world record at the start of the final.
There was disappointment in the 100m finals, with Adam Gemili withdrawing due to injury prior to the race, and Asha Philip coming a frustrating fourth yet again, this time in 11.28s. Rhys Jones and Amar-Mazigh Aichoun finished outside the medals in the T38 100m final.
In the sprint hurdles, Andy Pozzi booked his place in tomorrow’s final with a 13.29s heat win. David Omoregie and David King failed to progress.
Nick Miller set himself 2 goals for this season: break the 80m barrier and win hammer gold at the Commonwealth Games. He achieved both in some style on the first day of athletics competition in Gold Coast. Olivia Breen leapt to a gold medal in the T38 long jump. Tom Bosworth smashed the 80 minute landmark with a British record to take silver in the 20km race walk, with Wales' Bethan Davies winning bronze in the women's event. Mark Dry won a bronze in the hammer to take the home countries' tally to 5 medals.
Miller needed a 76m throw in the third round of the final to claim the lead and three further throws, taking the Games and British records to 80.26m on his fourth throw. Mark Dry claimed bronze with 73.12m, while England's Taylor Campbell and Northern Ireland's Dempsey McGuigan came 5th and 6th respectively.
The day had begun with the 20km race walks, and England's Tom Bosworth was determined to learn from his disqualification at London 2017. Bosworth stayed with the leading group throughout most of the race, and despite losing ground in the latter stages he was able to get back to the front behind favourite Bird-Smith. He broke his own British record finishing in 1:19:38. Callum Wilkinson claimed 7th place just outside his personal best. In the women's event, Bethan Davies took bronze in 1:36:08, with Gemma Bridge in 5th and Healther Lewis in 7th.
Olivia Breen followed up her World Championship gold in the T38 long jump, by winning the Commonwealth title with a 4.86m jump. England's Molly Kingsbury came 6th.