Commonwealth Games: Bronze for Cutts as he edges out City of Sheffield team mate Hague
Luke Cutts claimed a pole-vault medal for the second Commonwealth Games in a row '“ but it was heartbreak for City of Sheffield and Dearne teammate Adam Hague who just missed out in fourth.
The 30-year-old Cutts – who won silver in Glasgow four years ago – made it to the final four alongside Hague, Australia’s Kurtis Marshall and Canada’s Shawnacy Barber.
But Cutts and Hague both failed at 5.55m – giving Barnsley vaulter Cutts the bronze ahead of his teammate on count back.
“I am happy with the performance, having been out of training for so long working, getting selected to come was an achievement for me,” she said.
“Who knows what happens on the day but I am happy.
“I always come out to compete hoping to get a medal – but that will be the aim now, to go home and train hard and get ready for the season and some Diamond Leagues.
“This is encouraging overall, to open my season outdoors with 5.45m – I am quite happy to do.”
Sheffield's Hague meanwhile, on his Commonwealth Games debut – had to settle for fourth on countback.
The title ended up going to home crowd favourite Marshall in front of a raucous supports as former world champion Barber took silver.
And Hague – who is only 20 and took gold at the European Junior Championships back in 2015 – was not sure whether to laugh or cry after finishing in the position that now wants to end up.
“It is mixed emotions to be honest with you, I am quite disappointed to have come fourth,” he said.
“But I was happy with my jumping, it all kind of came together – I was so close to a medal but it’s a great experience to be here.
“I would have taken it before the Games if you had offered it to me, it’s a respectful position in my first Commonwealths.
“That was a season’s best. After last year with injury, it’s good to come back and jump again – I am more happy than I thought.
“And I have learned so much, I know that I can do it now. When I came out I was so nervous but I was fine once I got the pole in the hand.
“I can perform in front of decent crowds, so there is a lot that I can take from this.”