First doping case rocks Games; Australia set for relay sweep

July 30, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
Kenya’s David Rudisha (centre) competes in the heats of the men’s 800m athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, yesterday.

GLASGOW:The Commonwealth Games were rocked by a first doping case yesterday on a day when Australia stayed on course to sweep all six gold medals on offer in the relays on the final day of swimming at the Commonwealth Games.

There were gold medals early on for Canada’s Catharine Prendrel in the women’s mountain-bikes and Anton Cooper of New Zealand in the men’s equivalent.

David Chapman in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol and Adam Vella in the trap brought two more shooting golds for Australia, while England took the men’s team gold in gymnastics.

The doping case involved Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha who was provisionally suspended from the  Games after testing positive in a drugs test taken after she won gold in the women’s 53kg category, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced.

The 16-year-old Amalaha provided an ‘A’ sample on July 25 which revealed traces of diuretics and masking agents.

She will have a ‘B’ sample tested at a laboratory in London on July 30.

In the pool, the Australians were fastest in the morning session in both the men’s and the women’s 4x100m medley relays, having previously taken gold in the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays.

However, South Africa were expected to challenge for top spot in the men’s event with butterfly specialist Le Clos to come into the team that qualified fifth fastest.

Games table toppers Australia have already won 17 golds in the pool with the men’s and women’s 4x100m individual medleys among the final eight titles on offer.

Scotland’s 400m individual medley Commonwealth champion Dan Wallace laid down a marker in qualifying for the 200m medley final on Tuesday as favourites Chad le Clos and Thomas Fraser-Holmes just sneaked into the final.

Wallace, who also helped Scotland to silver in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, was second fastest behind Australia’s Daniel Tranter.

“It was very good. I just had fun racing against Chad,” said Wallace.

“I will just go in tonight, not hold back and hopefully pick up another medal.” However, Le Clos showed the first signs of his heavy programme during the week in Glasgow as he qualified down in seventh as he goes for his sixth medal and third gold of the meet.

“That was pretty hard. I was a bit tired this morning,” said the South African.

Jazz Carlin of Wales also felt the effects of her surge to 800m women’s freestyle gold on Monday night as she qualified down in sixth for the 400m freestyle final.

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle, who finished runner-up to Carlin on Monday, qualified fastest, whilst Scotland’s Hannah Miley also ensured she made another final on home soil with the fifth fastest time. In the track and field Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya cruised into the semi-finals of the men’s 800m after safely negotiating his heat.

The world record holder set the fastest qualifying time of 1min 46.89sec and was left happy with his outing.

“Today was all about qualifying for the second round tomorrow,” said Rudisha, whose staggering 800m run in just shy of 101 seconds was the stand-out performance on the track at the 2012 London Olympics.

Earlier on the track, the men’s 110m hurdles was blown wide open when England’s defending champion Andy Turner pulled up and Jamaica’s Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment was a non-starter.

With Parchment failing to even make it to the start line, the field has now been opened up, and Jamaica’s Andrew Riley, Barbadian 2009 world champion Ryan Brathwaite and England’s William Sharman will all fancy their chances in the final at Hampden Park.

AFP

 Nigeria’s Chika Amalaha competes in the women’s weightlifting 53kg class, in this last week’s picture. Amalaha has been provisionally suspended after testing positive in a doping test.

 

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