Bronze for Endacott

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Katherine Endacott was awarded bronze in the women’s 100m after an investigation saw Australia’s Sally Pearson disqualified.

Pearson crossed the line first, but was only informed of her disqualification for a false start as she was preparing to collect her medal.

England launched a protest after Pearson false started – she and Laura Turner both jumped the gun but only the English athlete, who reacted quicker, was awarded a red card. Turner was allowed to race after a long argument with race officials. Turner faded in the race, but Endacott promoted to third after initially placing fourth.

“I didn’t think I could do it – my target was to reach the final, so I’m over the moon to win a medal,” Endacott said. “I do feel sorry for Sally Pearson, though.”

Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell admitted a “communications blunder” had led the confusion, which saw Nigeria’s Osayemi Oludamola crowned champion.

“A number of things happen concurrently,” Fennell said. “The result are announced, then you’re allowed a certain time to make a protest. Someone did not communicate that a protest was being made. There was a problem over communicating that appeals had been launched. There was a major communication blunder by the athletics officials.”

Pearson had celebrated her victory lap after winning on Thursday, and had been told she was in the clear.

“I’m just numb right now, I don’t really know what I feel. I’m obviously devastated and disappointed,” said an emotional Pearson. “This is our careers. To have run the race, do the victory lap and told everything’s OK, then told you can’t have the medal. I have to deal with it.”

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