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England claim relay double

Athletics
14 Apr 2018

England's claimed the relay double at Carrara Stadium on Saturday, winning the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay.

The men’s team of Reuben Arthur, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey had smooth baton exchanges to win gold in 38.13 seconds, holding off a fast-finishing South African team anchored by individual 100m gold medallist Akani Simbine.

South Africa set a national record of 38.24 seconds for silver, with Olympic champions Jamaica anchored by Yohan Blake having to settle for bronze in 38.35 seconds.

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Reuben Arthur, Zharnel Hughes and Richard Kilty of England celebrate as they win gold in the Men's 4x100 metres
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Reuben Arthur, Zharnel Hughes and Richard Kilty of England celebrate as they win gold in the Men's 4x100m relay. Photo: Getty. 

Australia were second coming into the final leg before finishing fourth in 38.58 seconds. It was the second fastest ever AUS time at a Commonwealth Games and 11th fastest all-time.

England’s women ensured a famous double with Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen setting a national record of 42.46 seconds to win gold, bettering the bronze England won at Glasgow 2014.

Jamaica, the gold medallists from Glasgow 2014, claimed silver in 42.52 seconds with the anchor leg by Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson.

Jamaica secured silver in a time of 42.52 and Nigeria clinched bronze in 42.75.

Lorraine Ugen, Bianca Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip of England
Lorraine Ugen, Bianca Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip of England celebrate after winning the 4x100m relay. Photo: Getty.