Glasgow: Olympic champion Kirani James lit up the Commonwealth Games with a devastating and graceful run to win gold in the men’s 400 metres on Wednesday.
James took charge of the final from the start and looked in complete control as he finished in a Games record time of 44.24 seconds, ahead of South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk and Trinidad and Tobago’s Lalonde Gordon.
The 21-year-old James has won Olympic and world championship gold medals, but he said talk of breaking American Michael Johnson’s world record time of 43.18 was premature.
Greg Rutherford, England’s Olympic long jump champion, provided further delight when the self-proclaimed “Ginger Wizard” posed for selfies after leaping 8.20 to win his first Commonwealth gold.
New Zealand’s double Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams claimed her third Commonwealth gold medal with a throw of 19.88 and Australia’s Kim Mickle won the women’s javelin title thanks to a Games record throw of 65.96.
Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton claimed the women’s heptathlon title. Theisen-Eaton finished with 6,597 points ahead of compatriot Jessica Zelinka, while Derek Drouin ensured Canada won double gold after clearing 2.31 to win the men’s high jump.