Sprinter wheeled away in tears after injury in 100m heat at Commonwealth Games

Sprinter Ayanda Malaza couldn't contain his emotion at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday after pulling up in his 100m heat through injury. Malaza – who is representing Eswatini – looked to be in discomfort as soon as he left the blocks in Birmingham.

What did not help the 19-year-old's preparations was the false start first time around, after Nigeria’s Godson Oke Oghenebrume set off prematurely. When the restart came, things fell to pieces for Malaza as he looked to have pulled a muscle midway through.

As the Eswatini runner felt a tweak he collapsed to the ground in a heap, whilst his opponents around him ran on to the finish line.

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The issue seemed to be his hamstring as he clutched the back of his upper leg, as he flagged for immediate medical attention. The medics soon met the distraught sprinter on the track, and transported him away for further examination in a wheelchair.

Malaza was competing in heat six of the 100m event, and as he collapsed to the floor three of his opponents qualified for the next stage. It was Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon who crossed the line first, and he was followed in by Kion Benjamin of Trinidad & Tobago and Oghenebrume of Nigeria.

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Elsewhere there were two qualifications for Team England, with Ojie Edoburun crossing the line 10.27 seconds in heat three, whilst Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake booked his place thanks to a run of 10.14 seconds in heat one.

There was further success for the home nations as Scotland’s Adam Thomas qualified with a time of 10.30 seconds in heat eight. This British trio will be joined by Wales’ Jeremiah Azu, who crossed the line in heat two in 10.35 seconds.


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