Zambian teenager Muzala Samukonga wins gold at Commonwealth Games

Zambian teenager Muzala Samukonga won his country's first ever 400m title at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday on the final day of athletics in Birmingham.

BIRMINGHAM – Zambian teenager Muzala Samukonga won his country’s first ever 400m title at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

Samukonga, 19, with a time of 44.66 seconds, left the stadium in a wheelchair after tripping over a low scoreboard as he ran to retrieve his national flag.

England’s Matthew Hudson-Smith, who won bronze at the World Championships last month, had to settle for silver.

The 27-year-old had pinned his hopes on gold but felt confident after recently admitting he had attempted suicide last year.

“It’s not the color I wanted, but you have to take the good with the bad,” he said. “If you had asked me a year ago if I could do it, I would have said ‘no’.”

The English athlete, seeing Samukonga crying on the podium during the awards ceremony, put his hand on his shoulder.

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