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England Tops Medals Table

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England has finished top of the Commonwealth Games medals table for the first time since 1986.

A year ago Matthew Hudson-Smith was doing the English Schools. Now he has anchored England to the gold medal in the 4 x 400 metres realy. The men’s 4 x 100 metres relay took silver as Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to a Games record. Jo Pavey gave up track for the roads, then came back to it for the London 2012 Olympics. After taking 2013 off to have another baby, she has won a 5000 metres bronze medal at the age of 40! Sally Scott also took bronze in the pole vault, and there was bronze for both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 metres women’s relay teams. What a games for Jodie Williams, adding a relay bronze to her individual 200 silver and Adam Gemili adding relay siver to his 100 silver.

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Gold For Lewis, Silver For Cutts, Pooley, Sharp And Porter.

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After bronze in 2006 and silver in 2010, Steve Lewis finally got gold in the pole vault with 5.55. Luke Cutts took silver with the same height.
Isobel Pooley got silver in the high jump with a PB 1.92.
After just making the final of the 800 metres as a fastest loser, Lynsey Sharp spent the night in hospital on a drip. Somehow she managed to snatch silver on the line in 2:01.34! World champion Eunice Sum took gold with 2:00.31.
Olympic champion Sally Pearson won gold in the 100 metres hurdles in 12.67 as Tiffany Porter took silver in 12.80.

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Child, Williams And Sawyers Take Silver

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Scotland’s Eilidh Child repeated her 400 metres hurdles silver medal performance from Delhi, as world number one Kaliese Spencer won in 54.10 to Child’s 55.02. In the 200 metres Jodie Williams had a breakthrough performance to win silver and go second on the UK all-time list with 22.50, behind Kathy Cook. Bianca Williams also took a shock bronze in a PB 22.58. Favourite Blessing Okagbare won gold in 22.25. Jazmin Sawyers took a surprise silver in the long jump with 6.56, just missing gold, which went to Ese Brume in 6.56. In the 800 metres the result of the London Olympics was reversed as Nijel Amos beat David Rudisha, still looking for top form. The winning time was 1:45.18 to 1:45.48, as Steve Cram’s Edinburgh 1986 Games record 1:43.22 survives.

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Gold For Greg

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Olympic champion Greg Rutherford bounces back after a frustrating 2013 to become Commonwealth long jump champion in 8.20.
Jessica Taylor takes a surprise bronze in the heptathlon with a PB 5824 as Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton takes gold.

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Gemili, Miller, Bryant, Samuel, Sharman And Weightman Take Silver

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100 metres Adam Gemili 10.10
Hammer Nick Miller 72.32
Decathlon Ashley Bryant 8109
Triple Jump Laura Samuel 14.09 (PB)
110 metres hurdles Will Sharman 13.36
1500 metres Laura Weightman 4:09.24

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Marathon Man

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After an unhealthy lifestyle had affected his health, Steve Way took up running in 2007. Now at 40 he has finished 10th in the Commonwealth Games marathon in a PB 2:15:15, breaking Ron Hill’s 35 year-old British Masters record! The race was won by Delhi silver-medalist Michael Shelley of Australia in a PB 2:11:15. Kenya’s Flomena Cheyech Daniel won the women’s race in 2:26:45.
In the 5000 metres Kenya finished one-two as Caleb Ndiku beat Isiah Koech in 13:12.07, with New Zealand’s Zane Robertson getting an impressive bronze. England’s Andy Vernon and Tom Farrell finished sixth and seventh.

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Athletics Begins

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50 gold medals 27 July – 2 August

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