Thompson-Herah completes sprint double with 200m gold

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah replicated her Olympic sprint double as she charged to Commonwealth 200m gold.

The 28-year-old, who took Wednesday’s 100m title, had the race won early, streaking clear of Nigeria’s Favour Ofili and Namibia’s Christine Mboma.

Her winning time of 20.02 seconds is a new Games record, beating the 22.09secs set by Shaunae Miller-Uibo.

England’s Zharnel Hughes had to settle for silver behind Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards in the men’s race.

Just as in Gold Coast 2018, the pair cut clear of the rest to contest gold.

On that occasion, Hughes was initially adjudged to have edged a photo finish before being disqualified for impeding Richards in the adjacent lane.

Drawn in lanes four and seven respectively, there was clear track between the two at the start this time.

Unfortunately for Hughes there was clear track between them on the finish line, too.

Richards’ personal best time of 19.80secs broke the Commonwealth Games record set by Namibia’s Frankie Fredericks in 1994.

However, Hughes was pleased with silver in 20.12secs, the fastest he has gone since finishing fifth in the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.

“I really enjoyed myself. You saw the celebration at the end of it,” he told BBC Sport.

“To come away with a medal, I’m really happy with it. On to the Euros next.” – BBC

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