Zharnel Hughes misses his bid for gold in Birmingham

Zharnel Hughes missed out on another Commonwealth Games gold – while Keely Hodgkinson and Jake Wightman were disappointed in Birmingham.

European champion Hughes ran 20.12 seconds in Saturday night’s 200m final at the Alexander Stadium but finished behind reigning champion Jereem Richards.

The Trinidad and Tobago star ran a game record of 19.80 seconds.

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

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

It was ruled that he had obstructed Richards before they crossed the finish line and had an appeal dismissed after he had already completed a lap of honor, with Richards handing over the title.

Meanwhile, Hodgkinson was aiming for a golden finale of her season after being beaten.

She was only able to take silver in the 800m as Kenya’s Mary Moraa upset the favorite and claimed the win.

The Kenyan finished third behind Hodgkinson as the Brit also took silver at the World Championships last month.

Scotland’s Laura Muir took bronze as Moraa’s run – which led her in the first lap before falling to last place with 300m to go and then charging back – stunned the Alexander Stadium.

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

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Hodgkinson ran one minute 57.40 seconds but couldn’t stop Moraa – who regained the lead down the stretch – and now faces a big finish at this month’s European Championships in Munich.

“I’m definitely committed to winning gold, going through three more warm-ups and cooldowns, and the season is almost over,” she said.

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

“Mary went off pretty hard and there was a bit of argy-bargy in the corner so I had to hold my position. I don’t really know what Mary did to be honest. I focused on myself.

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

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“It happens, I think. I think we had pretty similar strengths in the last 200m and my plan was to be ahead of her and hopefully she wouldn’t catch me. She did, but it is what it is. I’m pretty exhausted.”

Moraa, who won in one minute and 57.07 seconds, admitted she left the court too quickly and almost gave up a medal.

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

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

Laura Muir celebrates winning bronze (Tim Goode/PA)

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

“I was so determined to do the double that I wouldn’t waste it running the 800 and not getting a medal.”

Previously world champion Wightman admitted he was “as good as I could get” as his hopes of a stunning summer hat-trick ended after he finished third in the 1500m.

Jake Wightman was delighted with a bronze medal (Martin Rickett/PA)

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

He had hoped to continue his unique pursuit of the heights after winning the World Championships in July but now needs to refocus on the 800m at the European Championships.

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

“I didn’t want to be a pedestrian and run for minor medals. I wanted to make a statement, but I wasn’t feeling nearly as good as I was a few weeks ago.”

Oliver Hoare celebrates his gold (Tim Goode/PA)

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Wightman stunned Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen when he won at Eugene last month as father and trainer Geoff commented on the race at Hayward Field.

Wightman senior was again the announcer at Alexander Stadium and watched his son make a move with around 300m to go – but he was passed.

Nick Miller in action throwing the hammer (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Shortly after, England’s Nick Miller won gold in the hammer with a throw of 78.43m to defend his 2018 title.

England’s men’s 4 x 100m relay team of Jona Efoloko, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Ojie Edoburun won their heat in 38.48 seconds 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 run in 42.72 seconds.

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