Glasgow: Stephanie McPherson needed the heart of a lion and every ounce of effort to lead a Jamaican clean sweep of the medals in the women’s 400 metres at the Commonwealth Games.
With England’s Olympic silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu opting to run only in the 4x400 relay, and very little separating the trio of McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day in qualifying, the stage was set for the Jamaicans to battle it out amongst themselves for the honours.
Botswana’s Amantle Montsho burst out of the blocks but was reeled in by the Jamaicans and on the home straight McPherson powered her way through to finish in a time of 50.67 seconds. Williams-Mills claimed silver in 50.86 seconds and Day snatched bronze ahead of Montsho in 51.09.
Jamaica also enjoyed success in the women’s triple jump. Kimberly Williams conquered the windy conditions on a chilly night at Hampden Park to win gold with 14.21 metres, while Andrew Riley won the men’s 110 metres hurdles in 13.32 seconds to ensure Jamaica claimed three gold medals.
Kenya dominated the women’s 10,000 metres to take their own clean sweep of the medals in a slow final. Joyce Chepkirui made a late dash to sneak past Florence Kiplagat and finish in a personal best time of 32:09.35. Emily Chebet won the bronze.
Canada also celebrated two gold medals, thanks to Damien Warner, who won the men’s decathlon with 8,282 points, and Jim Steacy who threw 74.16 metres to win the men’s hammer event ahead of England’s Nicholas Miller and Scotland’s Mark Dry.
In the pool, Benjamin Proud said he had surpassed his wildest dreams after landing a second win to guide England to a record-equalling gold tally, as the swimming event ended in thrilling style.