Athletics: World-record holder Tobi Amusan kicks off last day of Commonwealth Games athletics with gold

The Nigerian started Sunday's session as she finished the World Championships last month with gold in the women's 100m hurdles to kick off a stacked day of athletics at the Alexander Stadium at Birmingham 2022. Results as they happen.

By Jo Gunston
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The new world-record holder and world champion in the women's 100m hurdles, Tobi Amusan won two gold medals in the morning session of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on the last day of the athletics competition on Sunday (7 August).

In a new Games' record of 12.30s, the Nigerian broke the mark set 16 years ago and defended her Commonwealth Games title from Gold Coast 2018 while she was at it. She also claimed a second gold in the women's 4x100m in the last event of the morning session.

"There's 200 million people in Nigeria and to be one of those being out here and putting the nation on the world map is a privilege," she said post race.

It's been quite the few weeks for the 25-year-old who became the first Nigerian world champion at the World Athletics Championships. Not only that, she claimed a new world record of 12.12s in the semi-finals of the event in the US last month.

Bahamas' Devynne Charlton claimed silver (12.58s) with the home crowd cheering England's Cindy Sember (12.59s) to bronze.

In the men's 400m final, home favourite Matt Hudson-Smith was looking for gold on his home track after claiming bronze at the worlds last month, but just came up short when Zambia's Muzala Samukonga steamed down the final stretch to snatch gold. Hudson-Smith won silver in a time of 44.81s while Samukonga achieved a personal best of 44.66s. Jonathan Jones from Barbados bagged bronze (44.89s).

Jones' compatriot Sada Williams won gold in the women's 400m in a Games' record time of 49.90s, while the England duo of Victoria Ohuruogu and Jodie Williams claimed silver and bronze, respectively, in times of 50.72s for Ohuruogu, a personal best, and 51.26s for Williams, a season's best.

“It's amazing [to be part of the Barbados team]," said Williams afterwards. "I am so proud of Jonathan. I can't begin to imagine [the reaction back home]. Everybody's probably going crazy right now."

In the women's javelin, it took a final throw from double world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber to usurp her team-mate Mackenzie Little to claim Commonwealth Games gold with a throw of 64.43m. Little's best throw of 64.27 was a personal best and gave her a silver medal while India's Annu Rani claimed bronze with 60.00m.

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In the men's 4x100m relay England couldn't help but win, riding on the crest of a wave of noise from the home crowd. Jona Efoloko, Zharnel Hughes, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Ojie Edoburun did the business, while Trinidad and Tobago's Jerod Elcock, Eric Harrison Jr, Kion Benjamin and Kyle Greaux claimed silver in a time of 38.70s to England's 38.35s. Nigeria's quartet of Udodi Chudi Onwuzurike, Favour Oghene Tejiri Ashe, Alaba Olukunle Akintola and Raymond Ekevwo bagged bronze (38.81s).

In the last track race of the morning session, Nigeria's women's four of Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha claimed gold in the women's 4x100m relay in a new African record of 42.10s with the men's side jumping up and down in delight at the side of the track having just claimed a bronze themselves.

England's Asha Philip, Imani Lansiquot, Bianca Williams and Daryll Neita won silver (42.41s) while Jamaica – Kemba Nelson, Natalliah Whyte, Remona Burchell and Elaine Thompson-Herah – snatched bronze (43.08s) from Australia, 43.16s.

Follow all the action below with Olympics.com's updates as they happened in the evening session.

Most recent updates are displayed first; all times are local time (BST).

9pm Women’s 4x400m relay:

Dramatic England win in final race... or do they?

In a cracking race to end the athletics at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, England's women thought they'd won the 4x400m relay in the closest of finishes against Canada, with Jessie Knight's waft of the arms at race end looking like it made the difference. However, the home nation were denied the perfect ending when the team were later disqualified after footage showed Jodie Williams stepped out of her lane at the start of her second leg.

So Canada win gold, Jamaica silver with Scotland advancing to the bronze medal position.

8.30pm Men’s 4x400m relay

Trinidad and Tobago tops

Trinidad and Tobago won the men's 4x400m relay gold in the penultimate track event of the night with Botswana claiming silver and Kenya bronze.

7.45pm Women’s 5000m:

Chebet gold, McColgan silver

A silver medallist in Eugene last month at the World Championships, Kenya's Beatrice Chebet claimed gold this time around as she finished the women's 5,000m in a time of 14:38.21.

Eilish McColgan meanwhile, described herself as "tired" after winning her second medal of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. A fab silver medal (14:42.14) to go with the 10,000m gold won she won three days ago, 34 years after her mother did the same, and chosen as Scotland's flag bearer at the closing ceremony, the 31 year old has had quite the Games.

Chebet's compatriot, Selah Busienei, who first competed at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, claimed bronze (14:48.24).

7.40pm Men’s javelin:

Last throw of the... javelin

Anderson Peters of Grenada, took the lead in the fifth round of the long jump accompanied by a big woop from the crowd as the javelin soared to 88.64m, ahead of Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem on 88.00m.

Peters gold-medal winning distance lasted less than two minutes, however, as Nadeem stepped up and threw a Games record of 90.18m from which he claimed gold.

Kenya’s Julius Yego, the Olympic silver medallist from Rio 2016, known as Mr YouTube as that’s how he learned the sport, had had only one legal throw up to the final round but claimed bronze with his 88.64m throw.

7.35pm Men’s 800m:

Kenya's two-time champ

Kenya's Wycliffe Kinyamal defends his Commonwealth Games title pipping Australia's Peter Bol – who was fourth at Tokyo 2020 – to the gold medal. Kinyamal's time was 1:47.52 while Bol came in at 1:47.66. European U20 Championships silver medallist, Ben Pattison of England won bronze (1:48.25).

7.20pm Women’s 1500m:

Laura Muir claims gold

After a bronze medal in the 800m just 24 hour ago in which she had to hurl herself across the line to make the podium, Scotland's Laura Muir made sure this time in the women's 1500m making a break halfway through the race to which no one could respond, claiming gold in a time of 4:02.75. Northern Ireland's Ciara Mageean was the closest two her with a sensational silver medal, and Australia's Abbey Caldwell (4:04.79) beat compatriot Linden Hall (4:05.09) to the final place on the podium.

7.05pm Women’s long jump:

Nigeria record breaker twice over

Ese Brume of Nigeria sprinted up the long jump track like she was in the 100m final on celebrating her gold-medal win and second Commonwealth Games record of the night. The final jump record was 7.00m from the world silver medallist, who also won this title at Glasgow 2014. The Gold Coast 2018 silver medallist, Brooke Buschkuehl again claims second place with a jump of 6.95m. Ghana's Deborah Acquah bagged bronze with a personal best leap of 6.94m

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