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England enjoy track treble

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MELBOURNE, March 21 (Reuters) Christine Ohuruogu stunned world and Olympic 400 metres champion Tonique Williams as England won three track golds at the Commonwealth Games today.

Williams led on the final bend and appeared to be on course for the Commonwealth title before Ohuruogu, a former netball international, surged clear with about 50 metres to go.

Ohuruogu finished in 50.28, bettering her previous best of 50.50 set at the Athens Olympics.

''I knew I had to run near my personal best to get a medal,'' the quietly spoken Ohuruogu said. ''It feels really good.

Williams, who crossed in 50.76 for silver, had run conservatively through the early rounds but was unable to counter Ohuruogu's final surge.

''I got a medal. Not the medal of choice but nonetheless a medal,'' Williams said.

England's Lisa Dobriskey chided herself for a terrible tactical race but was still able to come from behind to win her first big title in the 1,500.

Dobriskey, competing in her first Commonwealth Games, grabbed the lead with a desperate lunge 50 metres from the finish line after team mate Helen Clitheroe had led for most of the way.

''My tactics were appalling. George (Gandy), my coach, is going to kill me,'' the 22-year-old told reporters.

''I got a bit boxed in and I did some silly things, tactics-wise, and messed up. I needed to get through and I couldn't see any gaps and I just thought, 'go for it!','' Dobriskey said.

Australian Sarah Jamieson jostled her way up the inside to grab the silver medal and Welshwoman Hayley Tullett, the fastest qualifier, had to settle for the bronze.

MACEY GOLD Dean Macey capped off a brilliant day for England when he won the decathlon gold medal, his first major title of an injury-plagued career.

An emotional Macey finished with a total of 8,143 points, 69 ahead of Jamaican Maurice Smith. Australian Jason Dudley took the bronze medal.

''I have really earned my stripes, this has been such a long time coming and I feel I'm the man,'' Macey told reporters.

''Four years ago I didn't make the start line, four years ago I was an inch away from retiring and now I'm the Commonwealth champion,'' he said.

Two Kenyans dominated a women's 10,000m race that was missing distance champion Paula Radcliffe.

Lucy Wangui snatched the gold medal from national champion Evelyne Wambui with a late sprint.

Teenager Wambui led around the final bend before Wangui, who celebrates her 23rd birthday in three days, sprinted clear in the home straight to finish in 31 minutes, 29.66 seconds.

Wambui took silver in a time of 31.30:86 and England's Mara Yamauchi claimed the bronze.

Maurice Wignall raced to the gold medal in the men's 110 metres hurdles in 13.26, adding to Jamaica's track haul after Asafa Powell and Sherri-Ann Brooks won the 100 sprints on Monday.

Scotland's Chris Baillie claimed an emotional silver medal in 13.61, a time which beat his late brother's national record.

Baillie's elder brother Ross died of a severe allergic reaction to a peanut in 1999 at the age of 21.

''It's very special. Hopefully it will push me on to go even faster,'' he said.

REUTERS PDS PC2119

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