Published: 00:00, 02 August 2014 |
Updated: 22:07, 02 August 2014
Adam Gemili collected his second silver medal of Glasgow 2014 on a memorable day for Kent at the Commonwealth Games.
Dartford star Gemili ran a blistering first leg of the 4x100m relay at Hampden Park to set his England teammates up for a slick relay in soaking conditions.
The 100m individual silver medallist stormed round the bend, handing over to Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, who in turn passed the baton to Richard Kilty, with Danny Talbot taking over a fraction ahead of Jamaica, only to be overhauled by Usain Bolt on the final straight.
Talbot held off the challenge of Trinidadian Richard Thompson to finish second in 38.02secs. Jamaica finished in a new Games record of 37.58secs - the fastest in the world this year.
At the same time England's women were in the midst of a classic gold medal match against Australia.
In a tense affair, Lily Owsley gave England a second-half lead which they held until 11 seconds from time when Holcombe keeper Maddie Hinch was beaten by the rebound from her own fine save from a last-gasp penalty corner, conceded by 19-year-old Owsley.
The match went to penalty shuffles and although England went ahead, and Hinch pulled off a fine save, the Hockeyroos proved more clinical and ran-out 3-1 winners.
Egerton star Susannah Townsend of Canterbury HC and Hinch's Holcombe teammates Lucy Wood, Laura Unsworth, Sam Quek and Nicola White all had to settle for silver, though it was a welcome return to form after their nightmare 11th-placed World Cup finish earlier this summer.
Skipper Middleton said: "We started slower, slower than what we wanted and they started fast but we know that is what they do and if we can keep it close we could get back into it.
“We were just a bit passive in the first half and let them come at us. We were upset with the goals we conceded but there were others they could have scored so 2-0 was a fair reflection.
“In the second half we had momentum going but they got their third at a good time for them and it was too much to come back.”
He added: "We have come here to win things, now we can’t win the whole thing so you reassess and say we need to win the bronze medal.
“I think it’s pretty simple now, some games you find are hard to pick yourself up for but I think there have been a lot tougher games to get myself up for than a bronze medal.”
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