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Commonwealth Games: Amos serves up cold dish of revenge to stun tiring Rudisha

By Guy Aspin

David Rudisha was gracious in defeat after Nijel Amos sprung one of the biggest surprises of the Commonwealth Games to beat him to 800 metres gold at Hampden Park.

The 20-year-old from Botswana, who took Olympic silver behind Rudisha at London 2012, left behind in the wake of the Kenyan's unforgettable world-record run, turned the tables in Glasgow by chasing him down on the home straight.

Amos raced past as Rudisha tied up, coming home in one minute 45.18 seconds, the favourite taking silver in 1min 45.48secs.

Amos looked boxed in behind the Kenyans with 100m to go, but worked himself free and had enough strength to chase a tiring Rudisha down.

The Olympic champion missed last season with a knee injury and is still clearly working his way back to full fitness.

In London he hit the front and ran away from the field, his awesome display hailed by Sebastian Coe as his personal highlight of those Games.

Here he had nothing left at the end.

Rudisha said: "It wasn't so bad – I'm happy to have achieved it.

"I would have wished to do better and maybe win a gold medal here, but it has been a tough season for me and I really did not have enough preparation.

"I did a lot of my training late. I'm a little bit sad, but I'm fine. I'm finding it a little bit difficult in the (last) 100m. I think it's all about preparation and I didn't do enough. I'm lacking something.

"I did a little bit more of a crash programme and I think next year will be a better year for me.

"I wanted to do some races this year and the championships were a very big thing for me.

"I know this guy (Amos) is one of the young guys coming up and they are showing good technique and I am happy for these guys. They keep me awake. But this year has been a little bit tough for me. Hopefully now there will be no more problems."

Amos admitted he had been in trouble at one point, saying: "I panicked a little bit.

"I looked up at the screen and I thought, 'Oh no I'm in a box', but luckily I had my training partner behind me and he let me out."

Scotland's Guy Learmonth and England's Michael Rimmer finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Eilidh Child was unable to give Hampden Park the victory it craved above all others, but still claimed Commonwealth silver in the 400 metres hurdles.

The poster girl of Glasgow 2014 was beaten to the title by Kaliese Spencer, the favourite, coming home in 55.02 seconds, with the Jamaican taking a dominant win in 54.10secs.

The 27-year-old, whose pictures are plastered on billboards across the city, was greeted by deafening cheers from a packed crowd amid a sea of Saltires inside the national stadium.

She and Spencer both went off hard, but it was the latter who had established a clear lead coming into the home straight and Child could not close the gap.

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