Zharnel Hughes loses in his quest for gold in Birmingham

Zharnel Hughes again missed out on gold at the Commonwealth Games – as Keely Hodgkinson and Jake Wightman suffered disappointment in Birmingham.

European champion Hughes scored 20.12 seconds in the 200 meters final at Alexander Stadium on Saturday night, but finished behind defending champion Jereem Richards.

The Trinidad and Tobago star managed a Games record of 19.80 seconds.

Hughes took silver in the 200m. (Martin Rickett/PA)

This comes after Hughes was disqualified after winning the 200m on the Gold Coast in 2018.

He was considered to have stopped Richards before they crossed the line and had an appeal rejected, having already made a victory lap, with Richards surrendering the title.

Meanwhile, Hodgkinson was aiming for a golden end to her season after being defeated.

She only took silver in the 800m when Mary Moraa of Kenya defeated the favorite to claim victory.

The Kenyan finished third behind Hodgkinson when the Briton also won World Championship silver last month.

Scotswoman Laura Muir took bronze with Moraa’s run – which saw her lead the first lap before dropping to the last with 300m to go and then back again – stunned Alexander Stadium.

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 – Day Nine

Keely Hodgkinson and Laura Muir won silver and bronze in the 800m (Tim Goode/PA)

Hodgkinson ran a minute and 57.40 seconds but couldn’t hold back Moraa – who regained the lead down the stretch – and now has his sights set on a grand finale at this month’s European Championships in Munich.

“I’m definitely determined to get a gold, three more warm-ups and cool-downs to do and the season is almost over,” she said.

“I really wanted gold, the worlds was definitely the hardest and I thought I was going to win today, but I don’t think it was meant to be.

“Mary was very strong and there was a bit of a fight in the corner, so I needed to keep my position. I really don’t know what Mary was doing, to be honest. I was focusing on me.

Keely Hodgkinson had to settle for silver

Keely Hodgkinson had to settle for silver (Martin Rickett/PA)

“It happens, I guess. I think we had pretty similar forces in the last 200m and my plan was to be ahead of her and I hope she doesn’t catch up to me. She did, but it is what it is. I’m pretty gutted.”

Moraa, who won in a minute 57.07 seconds, admitted he went out too fast and almost gave up on a medal.

“My plan was to go really fast in 57 or 58 seconds, but after 300m I realized I was going too fast as I was running at a pace of 56 seconds,” she said.

“I lost hope because everyone passed me by. I was the last. But when I got to 200m I started to close the gap and with 120m to the end I was counting 1-2-3-4 and I started to think I could win a medal. I kept pushing.”

Laura Muir celebrates winning bronze

Laura Muir celebrates winning bronze (Tim Goode/PA)

Muir won his first medal at the Commonwealth Games and is also in the 1500m final on Sunday. She said: “My trainer told me to go out hard, and I thought so – but it was still miles away. These girls are fast. I was fourth with 100 to go and I thought ‘no way, no way’. But my coach said to run to the line.

“I was so determined, doing the one-two, that I wasn’t going to waste running the 800 meters and not winning a medal.”

Earlier, world champion Wightman admitted he did “the best he could” as his hopes of an impressive summer hat-trick ended after finishing third in the 1500m.

Jake Wightman

Jake Wightman was happy with the bronze medal (Martin Rickett/PA)

The 28-year-old Scotsman took bronze behind Australia’s Oliver Hoare and Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot after being overtaken in the final stretch.

He had hoped to continue his unique quest for triples – after winning the July World Championships – but must now focus again on the 800m at the European Championships.

“That was the best I could have done,” said Wightman, who ran 3:30.53.

“I didn’t want to be a pedestrian and compete for smaller medals. I wanted to make a statement, but I didn’t feel as good as I did a few weeks ago.”

Oliver Hoare celebrates his gold

Oliver Hoare Celebrates His Gold (Tim Goode/PA)

Wightman surprised Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen by winning at Eugene last month when his father and coach Geoff commented on the race at Hayward Field.

Senior Wightman was again the announcer at Alexander Stadium and saw his son make a move with about 300m to go – but he was revised.

Nick Miller in action during Hammer Throw

Nick Miller in action during Hammer Throw (Martin Rickett/PA)

Shortly after, Englishman Nick Miller won gold on the hammer with a 78.43m throw to defend his 2018 title.

England’s men’s 4x100m relay team, made up of Jona Efoloko, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Netaneel Mitchell-Blake and Ojie Edoburun, won their heat in 38.48s to reach Sunday’s final.

Asha Philip, Imani-Lara Lansiquot, Bianca Williams and Ashleigh Nelson advanced to the women’s final by finishing second in their heat in 42.72 seconds.

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