England register first track gold to defend 4x100m men's relay title

England register first track gold to defend 4x100m men's relay title

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

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

England have logged their first gold medal on the athletics track of the Commonwealth Games after successfully defending their 4x100m men’s relay title.

Jona Efoloko, Zharnel Hughes, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Ojie Edoburun secured the win for England with ease to get the home nation’s track campaign well underway.  

Edoburun carried the baton home to help his team clock a time of 38.35 seconds to beat Trinidad and Tobago, who finished second.

Ojie Edoburun stormed the final leg for England to secure the successful defence of their title

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

A fast start helped get England underway before a nervy change over between Hughes and Mitchell-Blake.

But whilst Kenya dropped the baton, England kept it in hand, but again almost blew their much-backed win after the final handover.

When Mitchell-Blake passed the baton over to Edoburun, he pointed to the crowd to celebrate, almost impeding the Trinidad and Tobago lane and costing his team.

But he was cleared, and the team celebrated their gold with other track athletes following the result.

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

Speaking to BBC Sport after the race, Efololo said: ‘Honestly it was amazing. I am loving more and more. Second time, second medal. It’s a lot of pressure and you want to do well.’

Hughes added: ‘I was just focusing on getting the job done and I trusted Jona because we have run together. I ran into Nethaneel and once he made up the ground I knew that was it.’

Speaking on the issue with the handover, Mitchell-Blake said: ‘I didn’t hear him calling and he called out three times, I knew we would be in a shot and that’s what we delivered.’

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