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England disqualified in 400m relay, gold medal stripped for infringement

England were stripped of the gold medal in the 4x400m relay in high drama on Monday morning (AEST).

England looked set to take one of the overall games titles as Jessie Knight crossed the line just 0.01 seconds ahead of Canada’s fastest finisher Kira Constantinos.

England seem to have won by a thousandth of a second. Photo: BBCSource: Submitted

The fans at Alexander Stadium gasped as replays showed Knight had done enough for a famous win. Or so they thought.

The final event of the final day of the athletics competition, it was enough to leave a sour taste in the mouths of England fans – and many left the stadium before the dismissal.

The news was not even announced after the English team completed the victory lap.

They had no idea they were going to be hit by a bus. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images
Ama Pipi, Victoria Ohurogu, Jessie Knight and Jodie Williams will celebrate. Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

However, there is no doubt that the officials got the call right. At the first change of bats, England announced a foul at the end of the first over.

Replays showed England runner Jodie Williams stopping to take the bat and then driving into the inside lane (Lane 2).

England asked for an immediate appeal, but after 20 minutes it was learned that the appeal was rejected.

By default, Canada took gold, Jamaica silver and Scotland bronze.

It capped off an impressive night in the track competition, which included Peter Ball’s silver medal in the men’s 800m.

Scotland’s Laura Muir rounded off her Commonwealth Games campaign by winning gold in the 1500m.

The 29-year-old adult of 10,000m. Champion Eilish McColgan failed to complete a memorable double in the 5,000m with stunning world silver medalist Beatrice Chebet of Kenya finishing second.

Muir, who won bronze in the 800m on Sunday (AEST), raced a modest field before the bell – missing out on two-time Olympic champion Faith Kipyego – in 4min 02.75sec.

The Olympic silver medalist was happy to reveal that he did not win a medal in 2014 and missed the 2018 Games due to a veterinary challenge.

“You learn from it and your time will come,” said Muir, who will be gunning for more gold medals at the upcoming European Championships.

“It sounds cheesy but it’s true. Eight years of Commonwealth countries and it’s been bothering me, so that makes a lot of sense.

India also had a good athletics competition – Elhoz Paul won gold in the men’s triple jump in Sunday’s debut – but bitter rivals Pakistan also tasted glory.

Arshad Nadeem also gave the Asian nation its first weapon gold by recording 90.18 meters with the right arm.

In the women’s long jump competition, Ise Brume from Nigeria won 7.00m. Despite the fierce competition, there is still room for passion between rivals.

Recent world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber won the women’s javelin with a throw of 64.43m, while Canada’s Evan Dunphy won the men’s 10,000.

Trinidad and Tobago Men’s 4x400m

– with AFP

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