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Jamaica keeps medals coming on Commonwealth Games track

Jamaica keeps medals coming on Commonwealth Games track

Posted by Shanelle Weir on July 30, 2014

Andrew Riley won the 110-meter hurdles gold Tuesday to complement his teammate Kemar Bailey-Cole's 100-meter gold medal on the track at the Commonwealth Games, clinching both high-profile sprint races for Jamaica.

Next up will be the 4x100-meter relay, where Jamaica will be favored when world record holder Usain Bolt makes his only appearance of the track and field program in Glasgow.

Due to a left foot injury, Bolt didn't attempt to qualify for the individual sprints. The relay qualifying is on Friday, with the final on Saturday.

Jamaica's women sped to a clean sweep of medals in the 400 meters, with Stephanie McPherson taking gold, Novlene Williams-Mills the silver and Christine Day the bronze.

In Tuesday's finals on the last night of swimming, Canada's Ryan Cochrane won the 1,500 meters, England's Ben Proud took the 50-meter freestyle and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand won the women's 400 free. Australia won 19 golds and England 10 of the 44 on offer.

Earlier Tuesday, a 16-year-old female Nigerian weightlifter was provisionally suspended after testing positive for banned substances, the first doping case of the games. Chika Amalaha tested positive for the diuretic amiloride and masking agent hydrochlorothiazide - both banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency - after winning the 53-kilogram weight class last Friday, games officials said.

Amalaha asked for the backup "B" sample to be tested, which will happen in London on Wednesday. If that sample also comes back positive, she will be stripped of her medal.

"It sends a strong message to anybody in any sport that if you go down the path of doping, any substance to enhance performance, they will be caught," Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said.

It's the second Commonwealth Games in a row that Nigeria has been in the doping spotlight. Four years ago in New Delhi, three of the four doping cases involved Nigerian runners, including women's 100-meter gold medalist Osayomi Oludamola.

Meanwhile, the king of the track met with British royalty in the athletes' village.

Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, met Jamaica's Usain Bolt, the multiple Olympic sprint champion and world record-holder over 100 and 200 meters.

Harry posed for a photo with Bolt, whose relay heats begin Friday. William was reported to have jokingly said to Bolt as he approached him: "What's all the fuss about?"

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