Kuala Lumpur 1998: Highlights - We Are England
Kuala Lumpur 1998: Highlights
4x100m Relay 1998

Kuala Lumpur 1998: Highlights

England’s 4x100m relay team set the Commonwealth Games record. Dwain Chambers, Marlon Devonish, Julian Golding and Darren Campbell recorded a time of 38.20 (above).

Denise Lewis picked up the heptathlon title winning by ‘a country mile.’

Joanne Goode was involved in all of the women’s badminton team’s successes, picking up three gold medals.

Swimmer James Hickman overcame the trauma of disqualification in the men’s 100m to win the 200m butterfly with a new Games record of 1:57.11, beating Australian William Kirby in the process.

Sue Rolph won five medals, thwarting the Australian prediction of their nation making a ‘clean sweep’ in the pool. Her time of 55.17 in the 100m freestyle was a Commonwealth Games record and came just six weeks after she broke the 56 second mark.

Shooter Mick Gault, despite the restrictions of the UK gun laws that impacted upon his practice in the build-up to the Games, won four gold medals to be crowned England’s most successful Commonwealth Games competitor.

The men’s gymnastics team of Craig Heap, Andrew Atherton, Ross Brewer, John Smethurst and Lee McDermott, (above) won gold, overcoming Australia by a narrow margin.

16-year-old Katy Sexton, not even the English national champion, took the Commonwealth title in the 200m backstroke and set a British record with a personal best of 2:13.18.

40-year-old Judy Oakes complete with her fringe dyed gold, picked up the gold medal in the shot put.

Joanne Wise, having given up the long jump three years earlier due to a series of knee injuries, bounced back to win gold. Remarkably she had only started jogging five months earlier after a major operation in December.

Tony Jarrett (above) finally broke his run of 13 silver and bronze medals in major championships by winning gold in the 110m hurdles, just 0.01 seconds ahead of Trinidad’s Steve Brown. Overcome with emotion, he broke down in tears.

Audley Harrison beat Mauritius’ Michael Macaque in just 63 seconds to win gold and round off a brilliant Commonwealth Games for England’s boxers. Chris Bessey, John Pearce and Courtney Fry all won gold.

All eight weightlifters brought home medals. Leon Griffin won two gold medals whilst Stephen Ward won two silver and one gold.

England’s netball team, who had finished fourth at every single major world event since 1979, finally improved to finish third and win bronze. In a keenly contested bronze medal play-off England prevailed 56-54 over South Africa.

Larry Achike and Ashia Hansen, despite managing only three legal jumps between them, both picked up gold medals in the triple jump.