In a dramatic men’s 200m final at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, after assuming he had won, Zharnel Hughes of England was disqualified for clipping the arm of Jereem Richards near the end of the race. As a result Canada’s Aaron Brown was upgraded from third to second place and a silver medal. Brown’s time was 20.34 seconds. 

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Hughes came around the turn well out in front, with England’s Richards catching up just before the end and Brown in a solid third place. It appeared that Hughes and Richards’ arms tangled briefly just before reaching the finish line, as Richards struggled to maintain control over his legs. The tape showed Hughes and Richards crossing the line simultaneously, and they were awarded identical times of 20.12. Hughes was listed as first and Richards second.

After a few moments, however, with commentators speculating that there might be protests over what appeared to them as Richards accidentally brushing Hughes’ hand as he began to lose control, it was announced that in fact it was Hughes who was at fault. 

Hughes’ resulting DQ gave Richards the gold medal, Brown the silver, and Northern Ireland’s Leon Reid the bronze.

Ironically, Brown was DQ’d for a lane violation during the qualifying heats of the 200m at the IAAF World Championships in London last year.

Aaron Brown ran the fastest semifinal in the history of the Commonwealth Games (20.18 seconds). He was on the 4x100m relay that moved up from fourth place to win bronze in Rio after the U.S. team’s disqualification. Brown also has two world championship bronze medals in the 4x100m relay.

In the women’s 200m final, which took place immediately before the men’s race, Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel finished in fifth place with a time of 22.70. Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas took gold in 22.09, with Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson in second (22.18) and England’s Dina Asher-Smith in third (22.29). It was a bit of an upset for fourth-place finisher Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, who won gold in the 100m at the 2016 Olympics.

Stay tuned for more updates as the Commonwealth Games continue in Australia until Sunday.

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