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England’s 4x100m relay team denied gold medal after being disqualified for baton change infringement


England’s 4x100m relay team was stripped of gold as the Games’ track and field program came to a close in dramatic scenes inside Alexander Stadium on Monday morning (AEST).

It looked like the host nation had done just enough to pull off one of the biggest moments of the Games as anchor Jessie Knight held off Canada’s Kyra Constantine down the final straight to cross the line just a thousandth of a second ahead.

Cheers erupted from the home crowd as replays showed Knight hang on in a photo finish.

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Jodie Williams and Victoria Ohuruogu of England move out of their lane at the first change over, prompting the team to be disqualified. (Corbis via Getty Images)

However, only after the team had completed their victory lap, it was announced they would be disqualified after committing an infringement at the end of the first leg.

A review of the first baton change showed English runner Jodie Williams drift into the inside lane to her left (lane 2) as she positioned herself to receive the baton from teammate Victoria Ohuruogu and take off.

It is a stipulation of the rules that all runners remain in their assigned lane.

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England launched an immediate appeal of the decision, but 20 minutes later it was confirmed that the bid had been tossed out.

As a result, Canada was elevated to gold, Jamaica to silver and Scotland to the bronze medal.

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