Ben Jipcho, the world 3000 meter steeplechase record holder from Kenya, won the event on the second day (January 26) of competition at the Commonwealth Games at Christchurch, New Zealand.
CU Jipcho leading into steeplechase last lap
SV Mogaka and Davies bump, and fall Davies and Mogaka get up
GV Jipcho leads Davies to finish
GV Jipcho shakes hands with Davis
GV Slow motion action replay of fall incident where Davies & Mogaka fell
GV & CU Start of woman's 100 M (2)
CU Rene Boyle running after finish
GV Closing stages and finish of women's 400 M (3)
CU Yvonne Saunders
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Background: Ben Jipcho, the world 3000 meter steeplechase record holder from Kenya, won the event on the second day (January 26) of competition at the Commonwealth Games at Christchurch, New Zealand. The second place went to John Davies of Wales who was originally disqualified after the Kenyans had lodged an official complaint that he had interfered with the running of lodged an official complaint that he had interfered with the running of Mogaka. Davies was later cleared and reinstated in second place.
In the final lap, Jipocho was leading; Davies and Mogaka were pushing and shoving each other in the struggle for second place. Davies edged in front, brushed against Jipcho and fell bringing Mogaka down with him. He was disqualified by the track referee but the appeal jury reversed the decision after seeing the incident in slow motion of film.
Raylene Boyle of Australia won the 100 meters sprint with a new Commonwealth Games record of 11.3 seconds.
Yvonne Saunders -- a Jamaican who was running for Canada where she has lived for five years -- won the women's four hundred metres.
Don Quarrie of Jamaica won the men's 100 metres, cutting through the field after a slow start.
At the end of the day Australia had most medals with a tally of 21.
SYNOPSIS: The three thousand metres steeplechase was the most controversial event in the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch on Saturday, the second day of the athletics programme. The world record holder, Ben Jipcho of Kenya, was in the load on the last lap.
Behind him were John Davies of Wales and Mogaka of Kenya, both pushing and shoving in their struggle to get into second place Then Davies fell, bringing down Mogaka with him.
Meanwhile Jipcho strode on majestically to win. Both Davies and Mogaka leapt up despite their bruises, and Davies managed to take second place behind the Kenyan champion. But Davies, delight was short-lived because he was disqualified by the track referee who thought he had deliberately tripped Mogaka.
The friendly scenes in the stadium were not matched by the official protests and Davies' application to the Appeal Jury.
After viewing a slow-motion film of the incident, the jury decided that Davies was blameless and restored him to second place.
The women's one hundred metres sprint was free of such incidents. Eight contestants lined up for the event.
Australia's Raylene Boyle forged ahead over the last 30 metres but only held off England's Andrea Lynch by the narrowest of margins.
Miss. Boyle afterwards said she was determined to win the two hundred metres as well.
The women's four hundred metres included the Jamaican world record holder. Marion Neufyille, but she could only manage sixth place. The gold medal was taken by Yvonne Saunders, a Jamaican girl representing Canada where she has lived for the past five years. England's Veronica Bernard was second, and Miss. C. Rendina of Australia third.
In the men's hundred metres final Don Quarrie of Jamaica was the favourite.
Although he made a slow start, Quarrie lived up to is reputation by taking the gold medal. John Mwebi of Kenya and Karikari of Ghana third.
Quarrie's impressive performance must make him one of the major contenders for the Olympic title in nineteen-seventy-six.