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Team England's Zharnel Hughes loses 200m gold medal

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Zharnel Hughes at the end of the controversial race

ENGLAND SPRINTER Zharnel Hughes was sensationally disqualified after winning the 200m final at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Day eight of the multi-event saw the 22-year-old dip just ahead of Jereem Richards but appeared to have struck his Trinidad and Tobago opponent and was judged to have run out of lane. In a nail-biting race, Hughes and Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards were neck and neck with both athletes crossing the finishing line at 20.12 seconds.

Yet following the replays, Hughes was disqualified for impeding Richards who now takes home gold. The English sprinter, born and raised in Anguilla, has competed internationally for Great Britain since 2015.

The disqualification saw Canadian athlete Aaron Brown and Northern Ireland's Leon Reid land silver and bronze respectively.

Team England are reportedly appealing Zharnel Hughes disqualification.

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