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Athletes shine in the sun

28 July 2002

Spectators were treated to another session of classy performances at the City of Manchester Stadium as Australia ran riot.

Darren Campbell

Darren Campbell in action during the 200m heats

Australia netted four Marathon medals on the third day of the Games athletics programme.

Kerryn McCann, Krishna Stanton and Jackie Gallagher ran away with the women’s race, with McCann justifying her position as favourite by finishing more than four minutes clear in 2:30.05 to win gold.

A personal best of 2:13.23 by Andrew Letherby (AUS) gave him the men’s race bronze, won by Francis Naali (TAN) with 2:11.58 ahead of Joshua Chelanga (KEN).

The two favourites for the 200m, evergreen Frankie Fredericks (NAM) and Olympic silver medallist Darren Campbell (ENG) both breezed through their respective heats.

But the newly-crowned 100m champion, Kim Collins (SKN) was ‘fatigued’ following his exertions the previous night and decided not to contest the longer distance. Deji Aliu (NGR), who was fourth in that dramatic final, also withdrew.

Although England’s expectations of at least two 100m medals have been dashed by injuries, their 400m Hurdlers could compensate, after the impressive Chris Rawlinson, along with team-mates Anthony Borsumato and Matt Douglas all reached Monday’s final.

After seven events of the Decathlon, overnight leader Bernard Claston (JAM) had extended his lead over Jamie Quarry (SCO) to more than 400 points.

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