Late call-up Lorraine Ugen anchors England to Commonwealth relay gold

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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Frazer Clarke out of Anthony Joshua’s shadow to win Commonwealth gold “I found out yesterday I was on the team,” Ugen said. “I did my first exchanges in the warm-up area and it went pretty well. We didn’t have hours, we had minutes, 10 minutes I think. I didn’t feel too nervous. I was only going to accept it if I felt I was capable of doing the job. They gave me a really big lead and all I had to do was hold it. All I said was: ‘Hold it, hold it, hold it’. The last time I did a relay was at university, a good few years ago.”Ugen, whose 100m personal best is a respectable 11.42, had been disappointed to finish fourth in the long jump final earlier in the week and this was her first gold medal at a major championships.Dina Asha-Smith showed no signs of weariness after winning 200m bronze, receiving the baton from Asha Philip and opening up a lead over Jamaica. She handed over to Bianca Williams and by the time Ugen took the baton England had a sizeable advantage. But Thompson, the 100m and 200m champion at Rio 2016, gobbled up the metres and it required a dip on the line from Ugen to hold on to gold. Share on LinkedIn Commonwealth Games Since you’re here… news Athletics Australia sport Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Read more Commonwealth Games 2018 Topics Share on Twitter Asher-Smith said: “That is testament to Lorraine’s mental strength and amazing talent, to come in here against a world-class field with minimal practice and get a gold medal. We knew Lorraine is a very good sprinter and she knows what she’s doing. After the men did it, we knew we couldn’t embarrass ourselves. Anything they can do we can better.”Just before the women’s triumph England’s men also won gold, a title that helped partially alleviate the disappointment felt by Zharnel Hughes after he was disqualified from the 200m for obstructing another runner. Hughes said it had been a week of mixed emotions. “I’m still a gold medallist,” he said. “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 that.”The squad of Hughes, Reuben Arthur, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, none of whom featured in Great Britain’s world championship relay title last year, won in 38.13sec.England’s netball team set up a final against Australia on Sunday after a historic and thrilling victory over Jamaica. Jo Harten netted the winner with one second left on the clock to send England into the final against Australia, the No 1 side in the world.They were six down at half-time but recovered to win 56-55 and reach a global final for the first time since 1975. England have never won a major title but their coach, Tracey Neville, said they proved they would put up a good fight.“What a comeback for our girls,” she said. “As a player I only dreamed to be in this situation but I was never good enough. It’s great to live my dream through these and they’ve just done so well.” The Observer Share on Pinterest A long jumper by trade, Lorraine Ugen rarely covers more than 40m down the runway but she stepped into England’s 100m relay squad with less than 24 hours notice and anchored them to Commonwealth Games gold.Ugen is the British record holder and world indoor bronze medallist in the long jump and has not run a relay for almost four years. But an injury to Corinne Humphreys, who had run in the semi-final, meant Team England coaches asked the 26-year-old to step into the team. After just 10 minutes of practice with the baton she ran the final leg, holding off the double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson to secure victory for the English quartet in 42.46sec ahead of Jamaica and Nigeria. Commonwealth Games: medal table for Gold Coast 2018 Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img

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