Commonwealth Games 2010: England win double relay gold
England men snatch 4x100m gold
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England won two sprint relay golds and three bronze medals on the last day of athletics at the Commonwealth Games.
The women's 4x100m quartet of Katherine Endacott, Montell Douglas, Laura Turner and Abi Oyepitan eased to victory in a time of 44.19 seconds.
Mark Lewis-Francis then produced a storming finish to lead Ryan Scott, Leon Baptiste and Marlon Devonish to gold in the men's final in 38.74.
Kate Dennison, in the pole vault, and both 4x400m teams took bronze.
Dennison failed to clear 4.40m, with Australia's Alana Boyd claiming the title after clearing the height and Cypriot Marianna Zachariadi taking silver.
Dennison, who could only manage 4.25m, took bronze with Canadians Carly Dockendorf and Kelsie Hendry also clearing the same height.
England also won bronze in the two 4x400m relays.
First, Nadine Okyere kept 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson at bay on the final leg to help the women's quartet take third behind winners India, in what was arguably the final of the night.
England take bronze as India clinch historic relay gold
Mandeep Kaur produced a stunning final leg to see off the Nigerian challenge of Muizat Odumosu in front of an ecstatic and raucous home crowd, handing India their first Commonwealth Games track title since Milkha Singh won the 440 yards gold in 1958.
In the men's final, England were pipped to silver by Kenya, with Shaun Wroe guiding Australia home on the final leg in a time of 3:03.30.
That bronze took England's total medal tally in the track and field competition to 26 - the most of any competing nation - seven golds, eight silvers and 11 bronze medals.
Australia topped the athletics medals table with 11 golds.
Kenya's Silas Kiplagat took the men's 1500m gold in three minutes 41.79 secs.
Compatriot James Magut took silver and New Zealand's Nick Willis won bronze.
England duo Andy Baddeley and Tom Lancashire finished in sixth and eighth.
"I ran like an idiot," said Baddeley. "I don't know how I ended up where I was."
England women ease to 4x100m win
But the night began well for England, with 200m silver medallist Oyepitan bringing the baton home for the women's 4x100m team.
"It is amazing," said the London sprinter, who finished comfortably clear of Ghana in second and India in third.
"I'm going home with two medals which I wasn't expecting."
First-leg runner Endacott, who had her 100m individual bronze upgraded to silver after Damola Osayemi was stripped of gold following a positive drugs test, said: "It was sweet.
"The guys were in great shape and I'll be more emotional on the podium than I was when I picked up the medal after the 100m."
4x100m women credit coach for win
Lewis-Francis faced a stiffer test than Oyepitan having started his final leg with a deficit of several metres, but the 100m silver medallist overhauled Remaldo Rose in the last 10 metres to claim a famous gold.
"That's what it's all about. Two years of hard work getting back on the track and I'm over the moon right about now," said Lewis-Francis, who also won 4x100m gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Baptiste, with relay gold to add to his 200m individual title, said: "It's been an awesome championships for me.
"Thanks to the medical team. It was touch and go whether I would run today because I've been struggling with a foot problem but they got me on the track."
It was a Kenya clean-sweep in the women's 5,000m final with Vivian Cheruiyot taking gold in 15:55.12.
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Kenya G9 S9 B7 T25
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Compatriot Sylvia Kibet took silver and Ines Chenonge claimed bronze, with Scotland's Steph Twell finishing an impressive fourth.
Nigeria's Tosin Oke won the men's triple jump gold with a leap of 17.16m.
Cameroon's Lucien Mamba Schlick took the silver and India's Renjith Maheswary landed a surprise bronze.
England's Nathan Douglas finished fourth, posting a best jump of 16.96m, with compatriot Larry Achike seventh with 16.59.
Australian Jarrod Bannister's throw of 81.71m was enough to win the men's javelin gold, with New Zealand's Stuart Farquhar taking silver and India's Kashinath Naik picking up the bronze.
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