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Commonwealth Games 2010: Oyepitan takes 200m silver

2010 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Venue: Delhi, India Dates: 3-14 October 2010 Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage across BBC TV, radio, online, BBC Red Button, mobile and BBC iPlayer services. Find full coverage details here. And a full schedule of events here.

Abi Oyepitan

Oyepitan picks up 200m silver

England's Abi Oyepitan put the memories of an injury-hit career behind her by taking silver in the women's 200m final at the Commonwealth Games.

Oyepitan, 30, has suffered problems since 2004 but finished behind Cydonie Mothersill, who won Cayman Islands' first-ever gold, in 22.89 seconds.

England's Joice Maduaka was pipped to bronze by Canada's Adrienne Power.

Steven Lewis and Max Eaves of England took pole vault silver and bronze behind Steve Hooker of Australia.

Lewis and Hooker both cleared 5.60m, but the Australian won the gold on count-back.

"I'm thrilled," said 24-year-old Stoke-born Lewis, who has worked on his technique this season.

Steve Lewis

Lewis leaps to pole vault silver

"I knew it was going to take long and hard preparation to get here but I leapt to 5.60m - that was a season's best and I started looking like a pole vaulter again."

Ascot-born Eaves was delighted with his performance.

"This was my first major and I got a personal best," said Eaves, who recorded a jump of 5.40m. "It looks promising for next year and hopefully I'll keep progressing."

Earlier, Oyepitan said she was disappointed not to given the 200m champion a tougher battle for gold.

Max Eaves

Eaves achieves pole vault bronze

"It's amazing to get silver, but I wanted to have go at Cydonie," said the London athlete, who ran 23.26. "She's got legs but I haven't - maybe next year."

She added: "This is the first winter's training I've had since 2004. I need a few winters behind me. Hopefully next year and 2012 will be good for me."

The 200m final had been scheduled for Sunday but was postponed because the Cypriot team protested the disqualification of sprinter Eleni Artymata - an appeal that was rejected.

"The officials made the decision (to postpone the race)," said Mothersill. "It was not my concern. I knew what I had to do and that was to finish on top of the podium."

606: DEBATE

Australia's Sally Pearson brushed aside the disappointment of disqualification following victory in the 100m final with gold in 100m hurdles.

Pearson, 24, led from start to finish in her favoured event to set a new Games record of 12.67 seconds.

Canada's Angela Whyte took the silver and Andrea Miller of New Zealand earned the bronze.

Pearson won Thursday's 100m final but was later disqualified for making a false start following a protest by the England team.

"It's absolutely unreal and my training partner got third," said the Australian.

"I've been working towards this all year. It means more to me because it was my main event. I haven't been looking back on what happened in the 100m."

Sally Pearson

Pearson powers to 100m hurdles gold

England's 4x400m men and women and 4x100m men's relay teams qualified for their finals.

The Wales 4x400m men's team and Scotland's 4x400m women's team also reached the finals.

Meanwhile, Krishna Poonia became the first Indian woman to win an athletics gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, with a best throw of 61.51m sealing a home clean sweep in the discus.

Poonia claimed the nation's second success, and the first since 1958 in Cardiff when Milkha Singh won the men's 440 yards.

Sapolai Yao

Pot-plant helps athlete over steeplechase

Kenya's Nancy Langat won the women's 800m final in two minutes 00.01 seconds to add to her 1500m gold medal.

New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin came second and Canada's Diane Cummins won the bronze.

In the men's 3,000m steeplechase, Richard Mateelong led a Kenyan 1-2-3, crossing the line in 8:16.40.

World champion Ezekiel Cheboi was second and Olympic champion Brimin Kipruto third.

In the final event of the night, Uganda's Moses Kipsiro outsprinted a trio of Kenyan athletes to win the men's 10,000m in a time of 27.57.39.

Kenya's Daniel Sahel took silver and team-mate Joseph Birech took bronze.



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