Commonwealth Games: England dramatically denied relay gold by disqualification

Hosts: Birmingham dates: July 28 to August 8
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV with additional streams on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport mobile app; Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra; live text and clips online.

England were denied a dramatic 4x400m Commonwealth relay gold after officials ruled they had committed a lane violation before anchor Jessie Knight reached the tightest finish.

Knight initially looked to secure victory by a thousandth of a second over Canadian Kyra Constantine.

But the hosts didn’t get a fairytale ending to the athletics schedule when judges saw Jodie Williams’ foot stray on the first switch.

Scotland promoted to bronze.

Their team of Zoey Clark, Beth Dobbin, Jill Cherry and Nicole Yeargin, instead of England, took the podium in front of a half-empty Alexander Stadium as the medal ceremony took place.

The offense and decision denied England one of the moments of the Games when Knight, a specialist in 400m hurdles, reached out with her baton to push her upper body over the line and beat Constantine by the narrowest margins.

Constantine’s personal best is over a second and a half faster than Knight’s, but after a bit of a wait to analyze the photo finish, the England anchor’s dropout seemed to have done just enough.

Victoria Ohuruogu, Williams and Ama Pipi, who had all made it to the individual finals earlier in the day, had done a great job putting Knight in a promising position.

But as the Alexander Stadium celebrated and the quartet posed for photos, officials watched the start of the second leg when Williams’ foot drifted from her track.

Like Knight’s apparent victory, it seemed a matter of millimeters. But it was clear and decisive and England, who did not appeal, were stripped of their eighth athletic gold of the Games.

England 4x400m relay final
England faced a painful wait to confirm their ‘victory’, only to be later disqualified
England lane violation
England’s lane violation cost them a dramatic gold

Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *