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Canadian long jumper Christabel Nettey wins Commonwealth Games gold


GOLD COAST, Australia — Canadian Christabel Nettey won gold in the women's long jump Thursday at the Commonwealth Games.

The 26-year-old from Surrey, B.C., jumped 6.84 metres on her first attempt, to finish ahead of Australia's Brooke Stratton (6.77) and England's Shara Proctor (6.75).

"I was hoping to build on that (first jump) with a good series, as the only way to win was to keep having good jumps," said Nettey, whose personal best is 6.99 metres. "The other girls are great jumpers."

Nettey won bronze four years ago in Glasgow with a jump of 6.49 metres.

Toronto's Aaron Brown and Shawn Barber earned silvers in the 200 metres and pole vault, respectively.

Brown was upgraded to silver after England's Zharnel Hughes was given provisional first place in a photo finish with Jareem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago when they crossed in 20.12, was disqualified for making contact with Richard.

Richardson, who was inside Hughes and closing in on him quickly down the straight, appeared to be impeded, but didn't know he'd been awarded the win until the pair had completed a lap of honour. A later protest by Hughes was rejected by officials.

Brown clocked 20.34 seconds.

Australia's Kurtis Marschall cleared 5.70 metres on his third and final attempt to edge Barber, whose best jump was 5.65. Barber won bronze four years ago.

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With files from The Associated Press

 

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