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Rudisha beaten to 800m gold by Amos

ESPN staff
July 31, 2014
Nijel Amos crosses the line to win gold ahead of David Rudisha in the men's 800 metres final © Getty Images

Olympic champion David Rudisha was beaten to 800m Commonwealth Games gold after Botswana's Nijel Amos producing a stunning late burst down the final straight.

Amos, 20, was playing catch-up to Rudisha until the final 50m when he dug deep to accelerate past his rival and win in 45.18 seconds.

Rudisha had taken gold ahead of Amos at London 2012 in a world-record time.

Elsewhere, England gymnasts Max Whitlock and Claudia Fragapane both made it three gold medals apiece with victory in the first individual finals in Glasgow.

However, Scotland's Daniel Keatings prevented Whitlock from taking a fourth when he beat him to gold on the pommel horse, with Louis Smith taking bronze.

Whitlock, who won gold in the all-round and team competitions, won the men's floor final with Fragapane triumphing in the vault. Rebecca Downie also gave England gold in the uneven bars.

There was another gold medal for England in the men's cycling time trial with Alex Dowsett taking victory, while Geraint Thomas won bronze for Wales.

Emma Pooley, who is retiring after the Games, had to settle for silver in the women's race after being beaten by New Zealand's Linda Villumsen.

In the pool, England's Jack Laugher was denied a second diving gold in Glasgow with Malaysia's Ooi Tze Liang beating him in the 1m springboard.

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