James lights up track with 400m gold

Olympic champion takes control of the tracks in 400m while England increase their medals tally at Commonwealth Games.

    James, the Olympic champion, is just 21 years old [REUTERS]
    James, the Olympic champion, is just 21 years old [REUTERS]

    Olympic champion Kirani James lit up the Commonwealth Games with a devastating and graceful run to win gold in the men's 400 metres on Wednesday.

    In a Games hampered by big-name withdrawals and weakened fields, the arrival of the powerful Grenadian was a welcome sight at a wet and windy Hampden Park.

    Medals table (Top-5)
        G S B Total
    England   38   35   32  105
    2 Australia  35 32 39 106
    3 Canada 22 7 22 51
    4 Scotland 13 12 14 39
    5 New Zealand  12 10 14 36

    James took charge of the final from the start and looked in complete control as he finished in a Games record time of 44.24 seconds ahead of South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk and Trinidad and Tobago's Lalonde Gordon.

    Greg Rutherford, England's Olympic long jump champion, provided further delight for the Hampden Park crowd when the self-proclaimed "Ginger Wizard" posed for selfies after leaping 8.20 to win his firstCommonwealth gold.

    Adams' triple

    New Zealand's double Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams claimed her third Commonwealth gold medal with a throw of 19.88 and Australia's Kim Mickle won the women's javelin title thanks to a Gamesrecord throw of 65.96.

    With England's Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill recently giving birth and Katarina Johnson-Thompson pulling out of the Games with a foot injury, Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton had little trouble in claiming the women's heptathlon title.

    Theisen-Eaton, wife of Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton, finished with 6,597 points ahead of compatriot Jessica Zelinka, while Derek Drouin ensured Canada won double gold after clearing 2.31 to win the men's high jump.

    Kenya dominated the women's 3,000 steeplechase and claimed a clean sweep of medals as Purity Cherotich Kirui finished in a time of 9:30.96 ahead of Milcah Chemos Cheywa and Joan Kipkemoi.

    One of the biggest cheers of the session was reserved for David Rudisha, Kenya's world 800 metres record holder and Olympic champion, who eased through his semi-final to confirm his place in Thursday's final. 

    SOURCE: Reuters


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