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Last athletic gold goes to England

31 July 2002

The men’s 4x400 was an absolute thriller as England won the 4x400m final - just a hundredth of a second ahead of Wales.

Daniel Caines, Chris Rawlinson, Jarred Deacon and Sean Baldock

England's relay team celebrate Commonwealth Games gold at Manchester

The crowd at the City of Manchester Stadium went totally mad when Daniel Caines crossed the line, running the last leg on the English men’s relay team.

The Welsh team (3.00.41) pushed England to within an inch of the finish as they produced a personal best in the highly exciting last track race of these Games.

The Bahamas (3.01.35) finished in the bronze medal position.

England's Caines said afterwards: “I couldn’t afford not to run it sensibly. If I went out like a madman, I’d have been letting the rest of the guys down. I really did not know that we’d won it but obviously I’m glad.”

Chris Rawlinson, England's third leg runner, said: “The goal of the guys was to get somewhere in touch where Daniel could strike. We know this guy has got talent so we thought just give him a little bit of a chance.”

Tim Benjamin of Wales, member of silver medal winning team, said: “Wicked, I can’t believe it, squashed bananas and all that.”

Jamie Baulch also a member of silver medal winning team said: “I’m really pleased because this time last week I couldn’t run.

"If I was 100 per cent fit we would have won that by yards, so next time you English boys better watch us,” he warned.

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