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Jamaica in top form

Glasgow 2014
Saturday, August 02, 2014

GLASGOW - Rasheed Dwyer of Jamaica won the men's 200m final on Thursday to become the third athlete from Jamaica to claim Gold in this event at the Commonwealth Games.

Omar Brown (JAM) in 2006 and Don Quarrie (JAM) in 1970 and 1974 are the other two athletes to have won the men's 200m for Jamaica in the competition.

Jamaica swept the podium, as Warren Weir (JAM) and Jason Livermore (JAM) claimed Silver and Bronze respectively.

For the second time in Commonwealth Games history a CGA swept the podium in men's 200m after England in 1990, when Marcus Adam (ENG), John Regis (ENG) and Ade Mafe (ENG) won Gold, Silver and Bronze in exact order.

Olympic Bronze medallist WEIR, became the seventh athlete and the second from Jamaica after Quarrie to win a medal in this event at both the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

Nijel Amos (BOT) produced a late burst of speed to catch Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha (KEN) in the home straight to win the men's 800m at Hampden Park on Thursday.

Amos had recorded the fastest time in the heats and semi-finals and crossed the line in a time of 1min, 45:18sec. Rudisha took Silver with 1:45:48 and Andre Olivier (RSA) claimed Bronze with 1:46:03.

Blessing Okagbare (NGR) added 200m Gold to the 100m title she took on Monday with a confident run, leading the race from start to finish.

She came home in 22.25sec, with Jodie Williams (ENG) and Bianca Williams (ENG) finishing second and third for their first senior medals.

The English athletes both produced personal best times, Jodie Williams finishing in 22.50 and Bianca Williams in 22.58.

Okagbare's medal was Nigeria's second of the night after Ese Brume (NGR) leapt 6.56m to win the long jump. It gave her victory over Jazmin Sawyers (ENG) who jumped a season's best 6.54m and Christabel Nettey (CAN) with 6.49m.

Paralympic champion David Weir (ENG) won his head-to-to against Commonwealth champion Kurt Fearnley (AUS) in the men's race. He bided his time as Fearnley and Josh Cassidy (CAN) contested the lead and then snatched it himself on the back straight and continued to pull away to the line. Weir finished in 3:21:67, Fearnley won silver with 3:23:08 and Alex Dupont (CAN) won bronze with 3:23:62.

In aquatics Meaghan Benfeito (CAN) won the women's 10m platform final to claim her second Gold medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. She had already won Gold the women's synchronised 10m platform on Wednesday.





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