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England in golden form at Games

Cyclist Lizzie Armistead leads table-topping England in a one-two finish on the final day of the Commonwealth Games.

    Rain hit the course on several occasions making conditions slippery for the riders [GALLO/GETTY]
    Rain hit the course on several occasions making conditions slippery for the riders [GALLO/GETTY]

    Lizzie Armitstead led an England one-two finish in the 98km women's road race on the final day of the Commonwealth Games.

    Armitstead finished the seven-lap course through central Glasgow in 2 hours, 38 minutes, 43 seconds.

    Her teammate Emma Pooley, the silver medalist in the time trial on Thursday and who said she plans to retire from cycling, was 25 seconds behind.

    Commonwealth Medal Table
        Country       G   S   B  Total
    1  England       56  55  54  165
    2  Australia      45  42  45  132
    3  Canada        31  16  34   81

    Ashleigh Pasio of South Africa took the bronze in a photo finish with Australia's Tiffany Cromwell. Both finished 1:11 minutes behind Armitstead.

    Linda Villumsen of New Zealand, the gold medalist in the time trial, was fifth. 

    Rain hit the course on several occasions, making conditions slippery for the riders, particularly on the cobblestone sections.

    Bolt reigns supreme

    Elsewhere, six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt stole the show to give the Commonwealth Games the moment it had been waiting for by leading Jamaica to gold in the 4x100 metres relay.

    After weeks of build-up, anticipation and controversy, eight-times world champion Bolt delighted the Hampden Park crowd as he raced down the home straight to give Jamaica victory in a Games record time of 37.58 seconds.

    In doing so the towering sprinter also claimed the first Commonwealth medal of his illustrious career.

    "I'm happy for the fans and I'm happy to get my Commonwealth gold medal," Bolt told reporters. "It (the Commonwealth Games) was always on my to-do list.

    SOURCE: AP


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