Final day of athletics rounds off fantastic competition
Published: Sunday, 07 August 2011
In one of the most dramatic sprint relay finishes seen in recent years, Lanarkshire’s boys took gold in the 4 x 100metres on the final day of the Lanarkshire International Children’s Games.
Not only did the team of Andrew Coutts, Darren Daly and twin brothers Kade and Alec Thomas storm through in a time of 46.83 seconds, but their race nearly turned to disaster.
For the final handover the boys had a commanding lead but trouble with third leg-runner Darren Daly's hamstring forced him to slow up as he closed on the box for the final hand-over.
To avoid disqualification Andrew Coutts, who had already started to run, had to stop and then start again while dropping to third place. But he soon made up the lost time with a powerful performance, passing both Reykavik's Gunnar Hardson and Lausanne 's Robin Patriciarca on his way to the finish-line, to secure top spot for Lanarkshire.
Andrew explained: "Darren wasn't up to full speed and he shouted for me to slow down. I was already at the end of the changeover lane, so had to stop, if I hadn't, I'd have been disqualified. The race was amazing, I'm just speechless!"
On the final day of the athletics Edinburgh's Kirsty Mckean leapt to gold in the girls' long jump with a 5.12m victory.
Ausrin Galnaityte from Kaunas took silver with 5.08m narrowly ahead of Lanarkshire's Emma Frame whose 5.07m won her a bronze.
Earlier in the day in the boys' high jump, Danil Lysenko of Russian city Ufa won gold in the boys' high jump, clearing 1.86m. His teammate Nikita Alekseev got silver with 1.81m and Icelander Jon Bjornsson won bronze with 1.75m.
The final medals successes brought to a conclusion a wonderful three days of sport at the John Wright Sports Centre in East Kilbride.
Team Lanarkshire's medal haul from the athletics were: Gold in the 4x100m boys relay, silver in the boys' 100m and girls' 800m and bronze in the long jump.
All the results will be posted on the results pages.
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