England’s women missed out on a 4x400m Commonwealth relay gold which ended with a dramatic photo finish.
Victoria Ohuruogu, Jodie Williams, Ama Pipi and Jessie Knight appeared to have secured victory by a thousandth of a second ahead of Canada in the final event at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Sunday.
But while the crowd erupted in celebration, officials were examining footage of the race and spotted a lane infringement.
Williams and Ohuruogu stepped out of their lane during the handover for the second leg.
Team England Athletics did not appeal the decision.
After reviewing the footage they said that there was an acceptance that an appeal would have had no grounds.
As a result, Canada were upgraded to the gold medal, Jamaica took silver and Team Scotland won the bronze.
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It meant heartbreak for the English quartet, who went from pure elation following Knight’s incredible dip on the line, to despair.
That news marked the end of day 10 of the competition.
There are 12 further medals to be won on the final day of the Games on Monday and the closing ceremony will round things off in the evening.
England are waking up as the champions of Europe after the Lionesses delivered the country’s first major trophy since 1966.
There were euphoric scenes nationwide last night after the squad beat Germany 2-1 in extra time – with 87,000 supporters at a packed-out Wembley Stadium cheering them on, not to mention millions more at home.
And later today, thousands of fans are set to join in the celebrations at an event in Trafalgar Square, where the team will take part in a live Q&A and lift the Euro 2022 trophy.
Sarina Wiegman has described the victory as an incredible achievement – and her players couldn’t resist storming into the press conference, singing “football’s coming home” at the top of their lungs and dancing on the table.
The England manager, who has won plaudits for her composure throughout the tournament, revealed she had a beer for the first time in years during the celebrations – and plans to take a little time off before beginning preparations for next year’s World Cup.
She thanked the nation for their support, and admitted: “I will need a couple of days to realise what we have done.”
It’s been a flawless journey for the Lionesses – and not only did they score the most goals ever in this tournament, but they only conceded two.
There’s now a firm belief that England’s fairy-tale ending could transform women’s football in the years to come – sparking renewed interest in the game among fans and players alike.
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“I think these tournaments have done so much for the game but also for society and women in society in England but also across Europe and the world,” Wiegman added.
The Queen also highlighted the significance of the Lionesses’ achievement in a statement, telling the team: “Your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned. You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.
“It is my hope that you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today.”
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England’s win is ‘life-changing’
Sky’s Adele Robinson described the atmosphere at Wembley Stadium as electric, with one little girl spontaneously screaming: “It was amazing.”
And the girl’s father was in tears too, telling us: “I’ve been watching for the last 40 years and I’ve never seen England win a final. It means so much, it’s enormous. It’s why we wanted to make sure our daughter came and saw.”
The crowd was full of smiles and singing – with children wearing flags as capes. One teenager with “Lionesses” written on her midriff said England’s win felt “life-changing”.
One six-year-old with the England flag painted across her cheeks simply said: “Thank you, that was awesome.”
A nail-biting finale
Ella Toone gave England the lead in the 62nd minute with a sublime lob after being sent through one-on-one with the German goalkeeper.
The Lionesses were unable to hold on as Germany’s Lina Magull scored a flick-on at the near post in the 79th minute.
But England prevailed in extra time as Chloe Kelly poked home from close range after Germany failed to clear a corner.
Beth Mead won the Golden Boot after finishing the tournament with six goals – 12 months after she was left out of Team GB’s Olympic squad for the Tokyo Games.
“I can’t believe it,” she said. “Sometimes football puts you down but bouncing back is the best way and that is what we have done.
“I am so, so proud of this team. I love this team and I love this country.”
Ben Stokes will retire from one-day internationals after Tuesday’s match with South Africa.
England’s Test captain inspired his country to success in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, as they beat New Zealand in the final at Lord’s.
The 31-year-old says he wants to concentrate on his Test career.
In a post on Instagram, Stoke wrote that retiring was an “incredibly tough decision to make” but added that “I can’t give my teammates 100% of myself in this format”.
“The England shirt deserves nothing less from anyone who wears it,” he said.
“Three formats are just unsustainable for me now. Not only do I feel that my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel that I am taking the place of another player who can give Jos and the rest of the team their all.
“It’s time for someone else to progress as a cricketer and make incredible memories like I have over the past 11 years.”
He added that he will continue to play T20 cricket and wished recently appointed captain, Jos Buttler, and new coach Matthew Mott “every success going forward”.
Stokes has played 101 ODIs for England, after he made his debut in August 2011 against Ireland.
He has scored 2,919 runs and taken 74 wickets in the format and was part of the team that lifted the 2019 World Cup at Lords in 2019, scoring 84 not out in the final.
In April 2022, Stokes was named as England’s Test captain after Joe Rootstepped down.
In a statement, the ECB said Stokes’ ODI career would “forever be remembered” for his role in the World Cup final at Lord’s, where he scored an unbeaten 84 to help England win via a Super Over.
“I know this must have been a tough decision, but I completely understand why he has reached this conclusion,” added Rob Key, the managing director of England men’s cricket.
In June, World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan retired from international cricket, with Buttler appointed as the side’s new captain.