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Men's 4x100 relay final decided on photo finish

31 July 2002

The men’s 4x100 relay final was such a close affair it went to a photo finish between England and Jamaica.

Darren Campbell

Darren Campell celebrates England's relay gold at Manchester

Luckily for England the result came out in their favour, which meant England took the gold with the same time as Jamaica - 38.62 seconds.

Fans around the stadium gave everything to help Jason Gardener, Marlon Devonish, Allyn Condon and Darren Campell on to the famous victory.

Jason Gardner, lead runner of gold medal winning team, said: “We wanted to win the gold. It was a great way to finish these Games…and fitting for the people of Manchester that we were led to victory by the home-town boy Darren Campbell.”

Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, anchor leg runner of silver medal winning team, said: “I’m not sure what to think. I thought we’d won the race. But I guess it was home crowd advantage.”

"All our changeovers seemed ok. I don’t know what happened. We were expecting Nigeria to be the ones who would run us close,” he added.

Australia won the bronze medal in the time 38.87.

Tim Williams of Australia said: “It was electric. It was beautiful. When I heard the English national anthem, I know it’s not ours, but it sounded great.”

“With all the crowd being so patriotic to their country it really fired us up to get out there and get a good result,” he added.

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