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Okoye Wins Silver In The Discus

Lawrence Okoye of England, who switched from athletics to American Football following London 2012, won his first senior medal with a silver in the Commonwealth discus.

Okoye, 30, made a comeback to the discus in 2019, following the end of his NFL career.

He didn’t advance to the final at either the 2022 World Championships or the 2018 Tokyo Olympics, but his throw of 64.99 meters earned him second place in Birmingham, behind Australia’s Matthew Denny.

Team-mate Andrew Pozzi tumbled over the line as he won 110m hurdles bronze.

Olympic champion Hansle Parchment of Jamaica had withdrawn from the race with an injury earlier in the evening, opening the door for England’s Pozzi and compatriot Joshua Zeller.

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Parchment’s fellow Jamaican Rasheed Broadbell took full advantage and gold in 13.08 seconds, with his time equalling the Commonwealth record set by Wales’ Colin Jackson in 1990.
But, from lane eight, Pozzi ran a determined race to claim a medal behind Barbados’ Shane Brathwaite.

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Fourth-placed Zeller was two hundredths of a second off Pozzi’s time of 13.37secs.

“I drove for the line and just about got there,” Pozzi said.

“I was just desperate to get there.

“That medal was needed. People probably don’t understand the toll the past few years have had on athletes.”

 

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