England claim relay double in Gold Coast 2018

England claim relay double in Gold Coast 2018

The Olympics Sports team Abdul Rahim and Muhammad Sadiq Padela, Gold Coast, Australia, Apr 14, 2018: England’s claimed the relay double at Carrara Stadium on Saturday, winning the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay (England claim relay).

The men’s team of Reuben Arthur, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey had smooth baton exchanges to win gold in 38.13 seconds, holding off a fast-finishing South African team anchored by individual 100m gold medallist Akani Simbine.

South Africa set a national record of 38.24 seconds for silver, with Olympic champions Jamaica anchored by Yohan Blake having to settle for bronze in 38.35 seconds.

Australia was second coming into the final leg before finishing fourth in 38.58 seconds. It was the second fastest ever AUS time at a Commonwealth Games and 11th fastest all-time.

England’s women ensured a famous double with Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen setting a national record of 42.46 seconds to win gold, bettering the bronze England won at Glasgow 2014.

Jamaica, the gold medallists from Glasgow 2014, claimed silver in 42.52 seconds with the anchor leg by Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson.

Jamaica secured silver in a time of 42.52 and Nigeria clinched bronze in 42.75. —- GC2018

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