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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Games Reach the Bitter End

VICTORIA, British Columbia -- The Friendly Games became distinctly unfriendly in the end.

The Commonwealth Games, usually far less pressurized than the Olympics and not known for courting controversy, ended Sunday amid protests, disqualifications, acrimony and another drug scandal.

Sierra Leone sprinter Horace Dove-Edwin was stripped of the silver medal he won in the 100 meters after testing positive for the same steroids that ended Ben Johnson's career.

Dove-Edwin, a student at LaGrange College in Atlanta, had produced a personal best time of 10.02 to finish second to Linford Christie. Five days later, his glory turned to shame when stanozol metabolites showed up in doping tests.

After Ghanaian boxer Godson Sawah had been stripped of his bronze medal and Jamaican hurdler Robert Foster had been sent home, this was the third drugs scandal to hit the games. Dove-Edwin reportedly was refusing to give back his medal.

Other athletes would like to forget Sunday, too.

Australia's Cathy Freeman thought she had had won her third gold medal of the games when she overtook Sally Gunnell in the stretch and gained the 1,600 meters title for her country in a games record time.

Minutes later, her team was disqualified because she had stepped in front of Nigeria's Fatima Yusuf and impeded her on the final bend. Nigeria was disqualified, too, for an illegal changeover.

From that point, it was protest and counterprotest.

The English quartet, which finished second, also was initially disqualified. After they complained, too, officials gathered again to debate the race. Eventually, the English were given the gold medal and their time, 3:27.06, replaced the Australians' 3:26.84 as the games record.

There was a long delay until the result of the final event, the men's 1,600 relay, was announced after more protests about that race. The outcome was disqualification for Kenya.

England's European champion Duaine Ladejo made up 10 meters on Jamaica's Garth Robinson on the final leg to beat him at the wire. England clocked 3:02.14, Jamaica won the silver and Trinidad and Tobago gained the bronze.

Steve Moneghetti came to the games having won the marathon bronze medal in 1986 and the silver in 1990. This time he took home the gold.

The 31-year-old Australian plodded the rainsoaked Victoria streets to win in 2 hours 11 minutes 49 seconds.

"I told people I want the setting reversed, and today I got it," he said.

On Saturday, Gary Neiwand overcame a knee injury to become the first rider to win three successive Games sprint cycling titles.

The Australian beat Canada's Curt Harnett with arrogant ease by a 2-0 margin in the best-of-three men's sprint final. Harnett tried every tactical trick he knew, but Neiwand's superior speed over the final 200 meters carried him to gold.

Track novice Yvonne McGregor of England lapped the field to win the women's 25 kilometer points race. McGregor, making her debut in the event, surprised the field with a solo attack after 10 kilometers and had lapped them three kilometers later.

New Zealand's Jackie Nelson sprinted to the double points score on the final circuit to take the silver medal.

McGregor, 33, turned to cycling four years ago after competing internationally as a triathlete and fell runner. The triple British time trial champion knew that a lone breakaway was her only hope of beating the sprinters.

(AP, Reuters)