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England record their first track and field athletics gold at the Commonwealth Games to defend their men’s relay title

England win their first track athletics gold at the Commonwealth Games as the men’s 4x100m team successfully defend their title at home in Birmingham

  • England successfully defended their men’s 4x100m relay title this afternoon
  • The race was their first gold medal on the athletics track in Birmingham
  • Ojie Edoburun eased the final stage to secure a time of 38.35 seconds
  • Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake nearly cost his team dearly by celebrating with the crowd

Last on the team, first on the line. Just nine days after being told he had to cover an injury in the England relay contingent, Ojie Edoburun was the anchor of the 4x100m quartet that won gold on Sunday.

In doing so he gave a huge shout, having converted the healthy lead gained by Jona Efoloko, Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake into England’s sixth relay victory in the last nine Commonwealth Games.

“I’m so happy to come in and fit in so well with the boys – for me words can’t describe it,” said Edoburun, who was only recruited after Reece Prescod was signed. ruled out for injury.

Ojie Edoburun stormed through the final game for England to secure his successful title defense

Edoburun had been well prepared by the rest of his team as he helped them to a time of 38.35s

Edoburun had been well prepared by the rest of his team as he helped them to a time of 38.35s

“I didn’t want to miss this special generation of athletes and I want to bring that confidence to the European Championships (later this month). It’s something we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

In what was three quarters of the British quartet that won world bronze last month, England covered the ground in 38.35 seconds, 0.35 seconds ahead of silver medalists Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria winning bronze.

The England women, minus the considerable strength of injured Dina Asher-Smith, beat Elaine Thompson-Herah’s Jamaica but were well beaten in silver by Nigeria.

England defended their title with ease, beating Trinidad and Tobago for the gold medal

England defended their title with ease, beating Trinidad and Tobago for the gold medal

After being led by Asha Philip, the middle duo of Imani Lansiquot and Bianca Williams fell behind Nigeria, before handing over to British champion Daryll Neita. She took their lead but their time of 42.10 was 0.31sec from gold.

Williams, who earlier this year accused police of racism after a stop and search sparked a misconduct investigation against officers, took a victory lap with her infant son. She said: “This is his first time on a big stage, but there will be many more.”

‘He’s so quick. Every time he comes to Brunel, where I train, he runs constantly. He is going to be special. God knows what event he will do but it will be something. his father[Ricardo dos Santos]is a Portuguese 400m runner, so he has the genes.[RicardodosSantos)isaPortuguese400mrunnersohehasthegenes'[RicardodosSantos)isaPortuguese400mrunnersohehasthegenes’