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Glasgow 2014: Gold Medallist Chika Amalaha Fails Drugs Test

Chika AmalahaGlasgow 2014: Gold Medallist Chika Amalaha Fails Drugs Test


Nigerian gold medallist Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games for failing a drugs test.

Weightlifting gold medallist Chika Amalaha of Nigeria is provisionally suspended from Commonwealth Games for failing a drugs test.

The 16-year-old won weightlifting gold with a combined total of 196kg in the women's 53kg category. Her 'A' sample was found to contain amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, which are both prohibited as diuretics and masking agents.  Amalaha will have a 'B' sample tested on Wednesday.


The teenager won gold last Friday, as Dika Toua took silver to secure Papua New Guinea's first medal of Glasgow 2014, with India's Santoshi Matsa winning bronze. Amalaha is the first athlete to fail a test at the Games, but Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams and 800m runner Gareth Warburton both missed the competition after being charged with anti-doping rule violations.


Both athletes deny knowingly taking any banned substance.


Earlier, Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare set a new Commonwealth record of 10.85 seconds to win 100m gold and put her Jamaican rivals in the shade.  Okagbare produced a fine piece of relaxed sprinting to leave Veronica Campbell-Brown in silver and Kerron Stewart bronze.


England's Asha Philip produced a new personal best of 11.18secs to take fourth.  Compatriot Bianca Williams took sixth in her first major championships.


Philip said: "Fourth is always the first loser, but there's a lot more to come.  I wanted a medal, but it's my first ever Commonwealth Games. I'm really happy with that."


Okagbare, who still has 200m and long jump gold to aim at in these Games, said: "A season's best, a win - I'm just happy I was able to pull it off. After 70m it just felt easy."

Sophie Hitchon

Sophie Hitchon on the way to bronze in the women's hammer

Sophie Hitchon, a ballet dancer turned hammer thrower, claimed Commonwealth bronze, the 23-year-old from Burnley hurling the hammer 68.72m.

"The first few rounds were a little jerky and I only got it together later on but I am amazingly pleased with a medal," she said.

Canada's Sultana Frizell took the gold in a Games record 71.97m, while England's Sarah Holt was fourth with a season's best 65.67m.

Scotland's Libby Clegg, 24, earned the hosts their first Hampden Park gold with victory in the T11/12 100m.

The visually impaired 22-year-old and guide Mikail Huggins - who together won silver at London 2012 - crossed the line in 12.20 to emphatically claim the title by more than a second to the delight of a raucous full house.

"It is a bit daunting when everyone wants you to win, but I didn't feel the pressure too much," said Clegg. "The crowd and atmosphere have been brilliant and to win gold is amazing."

Laura Muir, one of Scotland's leading hopes, also had the crowd at the national stadium off their seats as she cruised into the final of the 1500m.

Scotland's Libby Clegg wins Para-sport T11/12 100m

Scotland's Libby Clegg wins Para-sport T11/12 100m

The 21-year-old will be joined in Tuesday's final by English trio Hannah England, Laura Weightman and Jemma Simpson.  Jamaica's O'Dayne Richards took gold in the men's shot put with a huge throw of 21.61m - a Games record.


Kirani James, the Olympic 400m champion from Grenada and one of the biggest names in Glasgow, looked in imperious form in qualifying for the final. England's Michael Bingham, Martyn Rooney and Nigel Levine also made it through.


English trio Christopher Baker, Martyn Bernard and Tom Parsons, along with Scotland's Raymond Bobrownicki, qualified for the high jump final.  Dan Greaves struck gold for England with victory in the F42/44 discus.


Sophie Hitchon, Sultana Frizell and Julia RatcliffeThe 31-year-old, who took silver at London 2012, came out on top of his domestic duel with Wales' Aled Davies, winning with a throw of 59.21m.  Wales' Rhys Jones finished third in a men's 100m T37 final won by South African Fanie van der Merwe in 11.65.

England's bronze medalist Sophie Hitchon, gold medalist Sultana Frizell of Canada and silver medalist Julia Ratcliffe of New Zealand celebrate after the women's hammer final

Laura Muir

Scotland's Laura Muir, far left, on her way to thrilling the crowd as she powered into the 1500m final

Libby Clegg and Mikail Huggins

Scotland's Libby Clegg and her guide Mikail Huggins celebrate gold in the T11/12 100 metres

Wales' Aled Davies, England's Dan Greaves and Richard Okigbazi of Nigeria

Wales' Aled Davies, England's Dan Greaves and Richard Okigbazi of Nigeria on the podium after the F42/44 discus final