Relay sprinters and boxers lead the way as England plunder 11 golds

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England finally came alive on the track as Zharnel Hughes grabbed redemption and Lorraine Ugen became an unlikely sprint hero at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

The 4×100 metres men and women squads clinched gold on the final day at the Carrara Stadium on Saturday.

They helped raise the athletics medal tally to 14 – still four short of the worst-ever total from Melbourne in 2006.

The English boxers also had another successful day, winning six gold medals, including Lisa Whiteside’s flyweight title.

2018 Commonwealth Games – Day Ten
England’s (clockwise from left) Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Richard Kilty, Zharnel Hughes and Reuben Arthur celebrate gold in the 4x100m. (Martin Rickett/PA)

“It’s been a long week man, but I’m still a gold medallist,” he said, after
his run with Reuben Arthur, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey in 38.13 seconds.

“I’m really happy with that and proud of it. I told them just get me the baton
and I’ll do what I have to do. It’s going to be redemption and it was just

2018 Commonwealth Games – Day Ten
England’s Lorraine Ugen and Bianca Williams celebrate their 4x100m success. (Martin Rickett/PA)

She ran the final leg as Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams helped claim gold in 42.26s.

She said: “I found out yesterday I was on the team, I did my first exchanges
in the warm-up track. I didn’t feel too nervous and I was only going to do it if I felt I was capable of doing the job.”

Morgan Lake claimed high jump silver and Laura Weightman took bronze in the 5000m.

England’s netballers reached their first Commonwealth Games final after Jo Harten netted a dramatic last-gasp goal to seal a 56-55 victory over Jamaica.

Their opponents levelled for 55-55 with just 25 seconds remaining but Harten delivered the killer blow and England will face Australia in Sunday’s final.

Coach Tracey Neville, a Commonwealth bronze medallist in 1998, said. “It’s great to live my dream through these and they’ve just done so well.”

2018 Commonwealth Games – Day Ten
Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul (left) and England’s Lisa Whiteside in their flyweight final. (Danny Lawson/PA)

Sandy Ryan won with a split decision victory over Rosie Eccles of Wales in the women’s 69kg division.

But Wales’ Sammy Lee and Lauren Price took the men’s 81kg and women’s 75kg crowns and, at the close of day 10, Wales had their best Games medals haul, equalling the 36 won in Glasgow but with 10 golds, compared to the five won four years ago.

Peter McGrail beat Northern Ireland’s Kurt Walker at 56kg, Galal Yafai vanquished India’s Phangal Amit on points in the -49kg final, Pat McCormack won the 69kg title and Frazer Clarke took the +91kg crown against Satish Kumar.

England’s hockey teams both won bronze on Saturday, the men beating India 2-1 thanks to Sam Ward’s double while the women hammered India 6-0.

Sophie Bray bagged a hat-trick with Hollie Pearne-Webb, Laura Unsworth and Alex Danson also netting.

On the road, Wales’ cyclists Jon Mould and Dani Rowe collected silver and bronze medals respectively and, in the basketball, England took the silver medal after being beaten 99-55 by Australia in the final.

England’s Matthew Dixon was narrowly beaten to diving gold in the men’s 10 metres platform event by Australia’s Domonic Bedggood.

There were two England golds in table tennis – Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford in the men’s doubles and Ross Wilson in the men’s TT6-10 singles and an England shooting gold for David Luckman in the men’s Queen’s prize individual.

England’s men and women face New Zealand in the rugby sevens semi finals.

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