*Appeal Thrown Out Over Lane Faux Pas
England, host of the just concluded Commonwealth Games, has been stripped of her 4-400m relay gold medal. The announcement was made on Monday morning by game organizers.
England was initially awarded the medal after her runner, Jessie Knight held off Canada’s Kyra Constantine by mere 0.01 seconds to emerge winner of the fast paced, very close photo-finish contest.
But the team’s effort was given the boot despite spirited appeal by the English team officials following the discovery that one of the country’s anchors runners, Jodie Williams, drifted from her lane 2 while positioning herself for baton exchange.
She actually received the baton after which she also took off from the same position outside her lane.
The initial victory, recorded at the close of athletics event inside the Alexander Stadium, sent English fans into delirium, with some already on their way home believing that they had the final laugh. Even the English quartet had already made the victory lap in celebration of a seemingly hard-won run. Or so they thought, until games organizers made the back breaking disqualification announcement.
It turned out the disqualification call was spot-on following indubitable video evidence which proved that indeed, the English team committed an infraction at the end of the first leg, during the first baton change. Runner Jodie Williams is seen drifting into lane 2 where she received the baton and actually took off from same position afterwards.
Following the disqualification, Canada took over the gold chain, followed by Jamaica now hanging silver medal. Scotland gained entrance to the podium having grabbed the last entry ticket, the bronze medal.