Scotland’s Jake Wightman and England’s Laura Weightman took bronze in 1500m and 5000m respectively, while England won both sprint relays on the closing day of track and field action at the Commonwealth Games.
Wightman, who was fourth in the 800m earlier in the week, made history as he became the first Scottish man in 40 years to win a medal in the 1500m at the Commonwealths Games.
The 23-year-old ran a superb race and made the decisive move in the final lap passing Kenya’s Kumari Taki down the home straight to run 3:35.97 and clinch the bronze.
Kenya’s world champion Elijah Manangoi clocked 3:34.78 to clinch gold after pulling away on the last lap from world silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot, also of Kenya, who ran 3:35.17.
Charlie Grice of England was fourth in 3:37.43 as Scotland’s Chris O’Hare took eighth in 3:39.04.
Wightman said: “I’m delighted and it just caps off a really good week for me out here. I hear it is a slice of athletics history in Scotland with 40 years since a 1500m medal in the Commonwealths. That’s great to hear and means a lot.”
Before the men’s 1500m final, England’s Weightman clinched a fantastic bronze in the women’s 5000m final. It was the 2014 Commonwealth 1500m silver medalist’s first championship race over the distance.
A report can be found here, which also includes the performances other home nations athletes competing.
Double relay gold for England
In the men’s 4x100m relay, England held off fast finishes from the silver and bronze medallists, South Africa and Jamaica respectively, to clock 38.13, which is just 0.11 seconds slower than the best ever by a quartet representing England.
Reuben Arthur handed on Zharnel Hughes, who gained some consolation for being disqualified after appearing to win the 200m.
Former world indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty passed the baton over to the experienced Harry Aikines-Aryeetey on the final two legs as the English sustained attacks from South Africa’s 100m winner Akani Simbine and Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, who came past Australia. South Africa ran a national record 38.24 and Jamaica’s time was 38.35.
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In the women’s sprint relay, Asha Philip, 200m bronze medallist Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and long jumper Lorraine Ugen combined to stop the clock on an English record 42.46. Jamaica finished quickly via Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson, running 42.52, while Nigeria clocked 42.75.
“I did my first changeovers earlier today. But it went pretty well,” said Ugen, a surprise selection from the anchor leg who clocked a 100m PB of 11.37 earlier this year. “I knew if I was going to get called up that I’d only accept it if I knew I could do a good job.
“The girls gave me a really big lead so all I had to do was hold it. All I was thinking was ‘keep running, keep running’. I don’t think I’ve done a relay since university.”
Asher-Smith, who won individual 200m bronze earlier in the week, added: “It shows how strong we are though, with minimal practice as a team to go out there and win a gold medal – thank you very much to the team.
“We knew Lorraine was a very good sprinter. She’s got a strong background in it and we knew she could changeover well.
The English quartet were fourth in the women’s 4x400m behind winners Jamaica, who stopped the clock on 3:24.00. Nigeria were second in 3:25.29, while Botswana set a national record in third with 3:26.86, with Scotland finishing sixth.
England, through Anyika Onuora, Finette Agyapong and Perri Shakes-Drayton, led Botswana into the final changeover, but a 49.59 split from individual 400m winner Amantle Montsho eventually put them in front by 0.35 seconds.
Botswana won a tight final race on the track as individual winner Isaac Makwala brought them home in the men’s 4x400m in 3:01.78. Bahamas was second in 3:01.92 and Jamaica third in 3:01.97.