Commonwealth Games: Nathan Maguire & Daniel Sidbury win athletics gold and silver for England


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Team-mates Nathan Maguire and Daniel Sidbury secured gold and silver medals for England in the same athletics event at the Commonwealth Games.

In a tight finish, Maguire timed his run to perfection to pip Sidbury to the men’s T53/54 1500m title.

England’s Elizabeth Bird produced a thrilling run to clinch silver in the 3,000m steeplechase.

Triple jumper Naomi Metzger and shot putter Scott Lincoln also claimed bronze medals for England.

Maguire joined his fiancee Hannah Cockroft in winning gold – she claimed the women’s 100m T33/34 title on Wednesday – and then revealed what the occasion meant to him.

“The fact we are here on the same stage as the able-bodied guys is massive,” he told BBC Sport.

“When I was growing up there was no representation or TV coverage of any Para-sport so the fact we are on primetime TV, showing the kids what they could be in the future, that’s so important.”

Bird seemed to be competing for bronze but when Peruth Chemutai clattered into a hurdle she sensed her chance and overhauled the shattered Ugandan on the final bend to take silver instead.

“This crowd was amazing,” said Bird. “Those last two laps, when I was trying to close the gap, I was using their energy so thank you to everyone who came here.

“I wish I had started moving sooner because I was so close to the gold, but I will take a silver.”

Metzger twice broke her personal best to secure a medal, leaping 14.32 with her first jump and then 14.39 with her third.

Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts set a new Commonwealth record of 14.94m to take the gold.

Lincoln, a bricklayer, powered his fifth throw 20.57m to claim shot put bronze.

Hughes and Thompson-Herah impress

England’s Zharnel Hughes won his 200m semi-final in style to book his place in Saturday’s final as the fastest qualifier.

Hughes will go head to head with 2018 champion Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago but Adam Gemili missed out.

Hughes was roared around the bend by the home fans and was able to ease up before crossing the line in 20.32 seconds.

Richards also won his semi-final without having to extend himself too much, clocking 20.40.

Gemili started well but dropped back to fourth place, with his time of 20.97 not being quick enough to qualify from a semi-final won by Nigerian Udodi Onwuzurike.

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah cruised to victory in her 200m semi-final, timing 22.63 seconds despite powering down in the final 20m.

Namibia’s Christine Mboma, the Olympic silver medallist, and Nigerian teenager Favour Ofili won the other two semi-finals, while Scotland’s Beth Dobbin booked her place in the final as a fastest loser.

Local boy Matthew Hudson-Smith, who won world bronze last month, maintained his impressive form by winning his 400m semi-final.

“It was cold and a messy run but the job was to get through to the final and I have done that,” he told BBC Sport.

“The first 50m was not that good, my legs were all over the place. I am still a bit tired from Eugene but the crowd lifted me and I can’t complain.”

England’s Victoria Ohuruogu, who is coached by sister Christine, delighted the crowd by winning her 400m semi-final in 51.34 seconds. Team-mates Ama Pipi and Jodie Williams also qualified directly while Scotland’s Zoey Clark went through as the fastest loser but Nicole Yeargin missed out.

Muir on course for Commonwealth double

In the morning session, Scotland’s Laura Muir finished fifth in her 1500m heat to reach Sunday’s final.

She ran four minutes 14.11 seconds as she paced herself carefully having also reached Saturday’s 800m final.

A Commonwealth Games medal is the only one missing from Muir’s collection after she finished 11th in the 1500m – having been clipped – in 2014 and skipped the Gold Coast four years ago to focus on her veterinary exams.

“This is the last one. If I can get not just one but two it would be very special,” she said.

“It’s going to be hard, the Commonwealth in these distances is really strong, but it’s an amazing opportunity to give it my best. I would hate to be sitting at home watching the final thinking I could be part of it.”

Scotland team-mate Jemma Reekie also qualified along with England’s Katie Snowden and Melissa Courtney-Bryant.

England’s Cindy Sember ran 12.67 seconds to win her 100m hurdles heat on her 28th birthday, while in the long jump team-mates Jazmin Sawyers (6.80m), Lorraine Ugen (6.79m) and Abigail Irozuru (6.59m) all reached the final.

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