England’s Matt Hudson-Smith adds Commonwealth Games 400m silver medal to his World Championship bronze from last month… after the gold medal was snatched away at the line by Zambia’s Muzala Samukonga
- England’s Matt Hudson-Smith took home a Commonwealth Games silver medal
- Hudson-Smith took on the race and held the lead heading into the final straight
- But he was pipped to the gold medal by a stunning race from Muzala Samukonga
- The Zambian sprinter required medical assistance after a stunning final 50m
- Samukonga moved up from fifth to first after an incredible herculean effort
- England’s Victoria Ohuruogu then took silver in the Women’s 400m soon after
Matt Hudson-Smith won a silver medal in the 400m final for England after Zambia’s Muzala Samukonga stunned the favourite at the Commonwealth Games.
Hudson-Smith could only take home silver after leading the race heading into the final straight before he was agonisingly pipped at the last.
And although it was not the gold medal he was hoping for, the Wolverhampton-native adds to the bronze he won at the World Championships last month in Eugene.
Matt Hudson-Smith narrowly lost out on Commonwealth Games gold in the 400m race
He was congratulated on his performance at the finish line by Jamaican sprinter Anthony Cox
Zambian sprinter Samukonga clocked a scintillating personal best of 44.66s to snatch a sensational victory from the English athlete’s grasp.
The 27-year old British record holder Hudson-Smith crossed the line in 44.81 seconds.
The bronze medal went to Jonathan Jones who took home the medal for Barbados following his 44.89s to complete the podium trio.
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Barbados’ Jonathan Jones came home in third to win the Bronze medal with a time of 44.89s
Hudson-Smith was visibly dejected at the finish, sinking to his knees in stunned disbelief, before receiving the congratulations of his competitors.
However there was nothing he could do about Samukonga’s terrific final stretch display that saw him snatch the victory.
The Zambian athlete produced one of the great last straight performances to register his best ever time in the event, and the herculean effort proved to be costly.
The English sprinter was narrowly beaten by Zambia’s Muzala Samukonga who pipped him at the line
Samukonga’s effort left him requiring medical assistance beating Hudson-Smith by just 0.15s
Hudson-Smith – on his home track – had to settle for silver as Samukonga made a late break in the final 50m to go from fifth to first.
Having flown through the final meters of the race, Samukonga unsurprisingly required medical assistance, and was escorted from the track to receive further aid.
Although a Commonwealth silver is no mean feat, it continues his Games frustration after he was disqualified from the event in 2018 for running out of his lane.
The English athlete – running on his home track – quickly celebrated the result with supporters
Hudson-Smith will now look to defend the European title he won in 2018 when he runs in Munich later this month.
Earlier at the Alexander Stadium Cindy Sember won bronze in the 100m hurdles with world champion and world record holder Tobi Amusan taking the title in a Games record of 12.30 seconds.
And England quickly received a second silver in the women’s race with Victoria Ohuruogu coming second with a personal best of 50.72s to Barbados’ Sada Williams after her Games record run of 49.90s.
Ohuruogo was swiftly followed by team-mate Jodie Williams in third to take a two-three finish for England in the event, after her season best time of 51.26, with Scotland’s Zoey Clarke coming home in eighth.
England’s Victoria Ohuruogu celebrates a silver medal of her own in the Women’s 400m race
Jodie Williams came home in third just half a second behind Ohuruogu as England celebrate a double-podium finish in the event