Hughes disqualified as Laugher wins second gold - highlights & round-up

From BBC - April 12, 2018

England's Zharnel Hughes was denied men's 200m gold by a disqualification and Wales equalled their record overseas medal haul on day eight of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Hughes, who led for most of the race, stumbled in the closing stages and his left arm made contact with Trinidad & Tobago's Jereem Richards in the next lane.

Hughes, 22, was into a lap of honour before he was penalised, with the gold going to Richards, who clocked the time of 20.12 seconds.

Earlier, England's Jack Laugher won his second diving gold in as many days in the 3m springboard.

Further England success came in mountain biking, where Annie Last took gold and team-mate Evie Richards silver.

Olivia Breen's bronze in the women's T38 100m, won by England's Sophie Hahn, took Wales to 25 medals, matching their tally in Auckland in 1990.

Wales are guaranteed at least four more medals in boxing to close in on their biggest haul at a Games - 36 in Glasgow four years ago.

Meanwhile, England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson moved into the lead after four disciplines of the heptathlon.

For the third successive Games, Scotland's Eilidh Doyle had to settle for silver in the women's 400m hurdles, this time behind Jamaica's Janieve Russell.

Scotland passed their best medal haul for an overseas Games on Wednesday and sit on 35 overall, with the 53 won at Glasgow 2014 their highest tally at any Games.

Hughes denied in 200m drama

Hughes, who has previously represented Anguilla, had a clear lead as he entered the closing stages, only to stumble with the finishing line in sight.

As Richards closed in, Hughes' left arm made contact with his competitor's arm and face. Although both men were initially given the same time, Hughes was announced as the winner.

He was swiftly disqualified and a later appeal was rejected, with Richards promoted to gold and Leon Reid pushed up to bronze for Northern Ireland's third medal of the Games.

Hughes' penalty continued a disappointing Games on the track for England, who have only Hahn as a gold medallist.

That could change on Friday, with Johnson-Thompson perfectly placed to win her first major outdoor medal.

Following a disappointing shot put, the 25-year-old was fastest in the 200m, the final discipline of the day, to open up a 126-point over Canada's Nina Schultz.

Before the drama involving Hughes, Dina Asher-Smith took bronze in a high-quality women's 200m, while Shara Proctor and Luke Cutts also won bronze in the long jump and pole vault respectively.

Then, in the last race of the night, Kyle Langford came through to take silver in the men's 800m.

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