Commonwealth Games: Thursday review including heartbreak for Zhamel Hughes

Zhamel Hughes
Zhamel Hughes

A review of Thursday's action in the Commonwealth Games, including heartbreak for Zhamel Hughes.

England's Zharnel Hughes celebrated victory in the men's 200 metres final before being told he had been disqualified for catching Trinidad and Tobago's Jereem Richards in the face with his arm.

Hughes crossed the line ahead of Richards - with both men clocked at 20.12 seconds - but as he completed a lap of honour with the cross of St George draped over his shoulders race officials told him of his disqualification.

Television replays showed Hughes' left arm accidentally caught Richards in the face and affected his finish. Team England lodged an appeal against the decision but athletics officials rejected it.

Hughes' disqualification meant Northern Ireland's Leon Reid, who had finished fourth in the race, was bumped up to a bronze medal. Canada's Aaron Brown moved up to the silver medal.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson leads in the heptathlon overnight after victory in her 200 metres heat gave her a 126-point lead after the first day of competition.

The world indoor pentathlon champion claimed victory in 23.56 seconds to move on to 3765 points ahead of Friday's javelin, long jump and 800m.

Kyle Langford won silver in the men's 800m with a personal best time of 1:45.16, narrowly behind Kenya's Wycliffe Kinyamal who won in 1:45.11.

England's Dina Asher-Smith won bronze in the women's 200m final as Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas took gold and silver went to Jamaica's Shericka Jackson.

There was silver for Scotland's Eilidh Doyle in the women's 400m hurdles while England's Shara Proctor picked up bronze in the women's long jump.

Jack Laugher won a second gold medal of the Games and his fourth Commonwealth title overall with victory in the men's three metres springboard.

Laugher scored 519.40 points to take a second of three possible golds here. The 23-year-old Harrogate diver, who successfully defended the 1m title on Wednesday, could now complete a Gold Coast hat-trick on Friday when he will compete with Chris Mears in the men's synchronised 3m springboard final.

There was further joy for Laugher at the end of the evening as his girlfriend Lois Toulson picked up bronze in the women's 10m platform for England.

Annie Last and Evie Richards delivered an England 1-2 in the women's cross country mountain bike race with a dominant performance.

The pair pulled clear of the pack of the first of six laps around the Nerang forest and continued to stretch their lead, with Last beating Richards by 48 seconds as Canada's Haley Smith took bronze a further 96 seconds back.

Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf's bid for a Commonwealth Games medal in the beach volleyball fell short as they lost the bronze medal game to New Zealand brothers Ben and Sam O'Dea 21-13 21-15.

England's women's hockey team suffered penalty shoot-out heartbreak in their semi-final against New Zealand.

After an attritional goalless draw, England missed four of their five penalties and New Zealand captain Stacey Michelsen stepped up to seal victory for her side with the final strike.

Scotland's Kay Moran, Stacey McDougall and Caroline Brown had to settle for silver in the women's triples of the lawn bowls as Australia took gold with a 21-12 victory in the final.

England's Katherine Rednall, Ellen Falkner and Sian Honnor picked up bronze with a 20-12 win over Canada.

Scotland's Seonaid McIntosh took bronze in the women's 50m prone rifle at the Belmont Shooting Centre, scoring 618.1 as Singapore's Martina Veloso took gold with a Games record 621.0.

In wrestling, England's Georgina Nelthorpe took bronze with victory over Kaharatu Kamara of Sierra Leone in the women's freestyle 76kg, while Wales' Curts Dodge beat Ebimienfaghe Assizecourt of Nigeria to bronze in the men's freestlye 74kg.

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