At the Commonwealth Games, the concluding track and field events on Saturday (12 August) were a cascade of five gold medals for English and Scots competitors.
At the Commonwealth Games, the concluding track and field events on Saturday (12 August) were a cascade of five gold medals for English and Scots competitors. England's David Moorcroft and Marry Stewart won the Men's and Women's 1,500 metres; England the Women's four by one hundred metres relay, and scotland the same event for the men. Geoff Capes won the Men's Shot. One sour note was England's finishing first in the Men's four by four hundred metres relay final, but being disqualified for one runner's alleged interference with a competitor. England appealed against the disqualification.
SYNOPSIS: The start of the Men's four by one hundred metres relay final. The strong and fancied Jamaican team were helped by running on one of the inside lanes. They were well placed during the second leg along the back straight, and made smooth second change-over of batons.
On the third leg, Scotland's Cameron Sharp set them for the kill. His team-mate Drew McMaster, on the second lane from the outside, holds off the Trinidad and Tobago challenge for a brilliant win in Games record time.
The bell sounds for the fourth and last lap of the Men's fifteen hundred metres. World record-holder Filbert Bayi of Tanzania leads from John Robson of Scotland and Moorcroft, holding comfortably in third position. Along the back straight, Bayi is beginning to loose rhythm in his stride as he tires, although Robson and Moorcroft are not yet gaining on him; they are saving their finishing kicks for the final eighty yards.
Into the home stretch, the Bayi is now at the mercy of Moorcroft, who glides into his winning lead. Bayi's fears about the rain-slowed track were borne out, though he held on for second place.
Third leg of the Men's four by four hundred metres final, during which came the infringement that cost England the gold medal. Glen Cohen was accused of cutting in front of Kenya's William Koskei, making the Kenyan check his stride. England, in the third lane from the inside, were in third place at the final change.
This final had been forecast as a duel between Kenya and Jamaica, and Jamaica were holding strongly on the back straight. England's anchor man Richard Aston was running the race of his lifetime and beginning to cut back the lead of the Jamaican, who was just ahead of Kenya's Joel Ngetich. At the approach to the run home, any of these three teams was in with a chance to win. Ngetich takes the lead for the first time, but the inspired Aston hurled himself forward to win in the final stride. An hour later, England was disqualified, and Kenya had the gold.