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Mutola sets new Games record

29†July†2002

Maria Mutola of Mozambique took the Commonwealth gold to add to the gold she won in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Maria Mutola

Mutola flying to gold

She set a new Games record with a time of 1:57.35 in a race that saw seven runners break the two minute barrier.

A jubilant Mutola said: ďI am happy to get the Games record. I wasnít expecting that. I thought the race was a little bit slow. I thought the Jamaican girl (Michelle Ballentine) would run hard, so I decided to stay close to her. My plan wasnít to lead the race. I was expecting a slow pace. To come here and defend my title is very good for me.Ē

Diane Cummins of Canada who came fifth in the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, took the silver with a seasonís best of 1:58.82.

The bronze went to Agnes Samaria of Nambia who set a new national record, with a time of 1:59.15. Afterward an ecstatic Samaria said: ďIím very excited. A medal plus a new national record. Iím really happy. My first ever Commonwealth Games and Iíve got a medal. Wow! What more could you ask for?Ē

Scotlandís Susan Scott came fourth also setting a national record, personal best and seasonís best of 1:59.30 said: ďIím happy with my time, but disappointed I didnít get a medal.Ē

The youngest runner Englandís Charlotte Moore came sixth showing a great deal of maturity in her running with a 1:59.75. Moore said on breaking the two-minute barrier as a 17-year-old: ďI knew that if I kept my head and ran a steady race I could do it. It was an amazing experience. It was a big gamble not to go to the World Juniors. It took me a long time to decide.Ē

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