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Adam Miller and Matthew Shirvington feel the pain in Melbourne.

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Aussies slip up as Powell powers Jamaica to gold

Posted: 25/03/2006, 20:00:14

The Australian men's 4x100 metres relay team slipped up in their final baton change at the Commonwealth Games tonight and did not finish the race.

The powerful Jamaican team took the gold medal to complete a set of titles in the sprints, both individual and relays.

The quartet, anchored by world record holder Asafa Powell, timed 38.36 seconds to take the gold ahead of South Africa and Canada.

Jamaica's chances of the title had been given a real boost in the semi-finals as Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria and England all failed to get round.

The Jamaicans trailed Australia coming into the final hand-over but the host nation slipped up as Adam Miller, who would probably not have been in the team if Joshua Ross had not hurt his hamstring in the semi-final, failed to pass the baton on to Matt Shirvington.

With the Australians gone there was no stopping Powell as the 23-year-old powered down the straight to achieve his target of winning both the individual title and the relay at the Games.

The gold means that Jamaica won all the individual sprints, both men and women (100 and 200m) and both the 4x100m relays, with the Jamaican women taking gold earlier in the evening.

-AFP

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