You couldn’t script it.
One of the vital dramatic finishes to a race in Commonwealth Games historical past has had one other twist post-race to shatter English hearts and strip their 4x400m women’s relay crew of a gold medal.
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England thought they’d held on for a heart-stopping gold medal victory by 0.01 seconds over Canada when Jessie Knight simply barely held off the fast-finishing Kyra Constantine in the final athletics race for the Games.
The host nation had a large lead heading into the final leg, however Constantine surged her means as much as Knight, who regarded gone.
However Knight had extra struggle left in her but, creating one of many all-time nice finishes to a race in Games historical past.
She mustered up the whole lot she needed to dash to the road alongside Constantine in a end that was far too near name.
After ready with bated breath, the stadium erupted when replays confirmed Knight had held on by the barest of margins to assert gold.
Then got here the twist.
After a protest, officers reviewed England’s changeover at the top of the primary leg, when Jodie Williams obtained the baton from Victoria Ohuruogu.
Throughout a clumsy handover, Williams had inadvertently drifted over into the lane on her inside, lane two, as she was about to obtain the baton and take off.
So disorientated have been the 2 English runners that even Ohuruogu was standing in lane two as she watched her teammate run off.
The assessment discovered that the England crew clearly infringed and, in such an in depth race, may have had a barely unfair benefit that meant they held on for gold, so that they have been stripped of their gold medal.
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The England crew accomplished a victory lap earlier than having the dangerous information damaged to them.
Athletics commentator Rob Walker mentioned it was a clear-cut resolution.
“It’s as clear as day; you cannot step on the inside,” he mentioned.
“Possibly, because the gold, in the end, was determined by such an incredibly slender margin – maybe if they’d won it by 50 metres there wouldn’t have been a protest. But that was clear and away, and England’s glory turns to heartache.
“It was an incredible, incredible end to the race, but it is Canada’s gold in the end – and by a little more than a hundredth of a second.”
Determined to hold on to their gold, England protested the choice, however have been denied.
Athletics commentator Tim Hutchings mentioned they’d no grounds on which to protest.
“Jodie took a couple of steps inside the lane which was Canada’s lane, ironically, lane two,” he mentioned.
“And then, once she’d set off and righted herself in the correct lane, Victoria Ohuruogu was standing in the wrong lane – that’s how disorientated they were.
“She was standing in the lane inside England’s lane as she watched Jodie Williams head off on her second leg. That compounded the infringement.”
“It was, at the time, a glittering, glittering end – the perfect end – to a wonderful six-day, 12-session bonanza of athletics,” Walker added.
Nevertheless it wasn’t to be, and Canada finishes with the medal, whereas Jamaica was elevated to silver, and Scotland took third.
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