On a dramatic night at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, it was a mixed night for the home nations, as England’s Zharnel Hughes was disqualified after initially winning gold in the men’s 200m final.
Winning the race after a strong bend, Hughes began to tie up on the home straight and as Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards began to chase him down, the two were involved in a clash of arms approaching the finish line as both men stumbled over the line.
With both men clocking 20.12, Hughes was initially awarded the gold medal but as replays showed Hughes impeded his competitor as they vied for the line, Hughes was subsequently penalised and disqualified for infringement.
Desperately for Hughes, The Anguillan-born athlete was already on his lap of honour when he was informed of the official’s swift decision to DQ him, as Hughes went off the track in search of answers. An appeal was lodged by Team England but was unsuccessful as the result stood.
Hughes’ loss however was Northern Ireland’s Leon Reid‘s gain being promoted from fourth place behind Canada’s Aaron Brown, with the athlete who has declared himself to compete for Ireland but is yet to receive his papers to compete, walking away with a surprise bronze.