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England stripped of gold medal at Commonwealth Games after being disqualified

Lucy Devine

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England stripped of gold medal at Commonwealth Games after being disqualified

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England were stripped of a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games this weekend, after being disqualified from the 4x400m relay.

Victoria Ohuruogu, Jodie Williams, Ama Pipi and Jessie Knight missed out on a gold medal to Canada.

England were stripped of a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games this weekend. Credit: Shutterstock
England were stripped of a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games this weekend. Credit: Shutterstock

Although Knight appeared to have narrowly pipped Canada's Kyra Constantine to the post - by a thousandth of a second no less - judges ruled that Williams and Ohuruogu had stepped out of their lane during the second leg.

The team decided not to appeal after reviewing the footage, and victory went to Canada, while Jamaica came second and Scotland took Bronze.

Earlier in the day, Scotland's Laura Muir secured victory after winning the 1500 metres. Laura, 29, beat Northern Ireland’s Ciara Mageean and Australia’s Abbey Caldwell - who took silver and bronze respectively - after achieving a time of 4:02.75.

"This meant a lot to me, running here,” she told BBC Sport.

“It’s so nice to come here and not just get one but two [medals]. It’s such a competitive field and these girls are fast, so yeah, it means a lot.”

Laura had previously won bronze in the 800m which took place on Saturday (6 August).

Scotland's Laura Muir secured victory after winning the 1500 metres. Credit: Shutterstock
Scotland's Laura Muir secured victory after winning the 1500 metres. Credit: Shutterstock

“I came here hoping to get one medal, so to get two and for one of them to be gold, it’s just amazing,” Laura added to STV News.

“I think it will maybe sink in a little bit later on this week, this is going to be one of the highlights of my career, if not the biggest highlight of my career, it’s a very special moment.

“It’s been an eight-year wait. I had a disappointing performance in Glasgow and then I missed the Gold Coast, so it has been a wait and then two come along at once. I was just so happy that I could do that for Scotland and to see Flower of Scotland go out in the stadium was just amazing.”

Laura had previously won bronze in the 800m which took place on Saturday. Credit: Shutterstock
Laura had previously won bronze in the 800m which took place on Saturday. Credit: Shutterstock

In other news, First Dates star Fred Sirieix has said he was 'crying' after his daughter won yet another gold metal for Team GB at the Commonwealth Games.

Taking to Instagram, the First Dates front of house, 50, shared a picture of his daughter Andrea, 17, at the event.

He wrote alongside the emotional post: "It’s gold in the mixed [diving]. I'm crying [Andrea]. [Noah Williams] well done to you both."

You can read more on that - and watch the video - here.

Topics: News

Lucy Devine
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