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Kilty was left angry after he believed the gun didn't make a noise (©GettyImages)
Kilty was left angry after he believed the gun didn't make a noise (©GettyImages).

Richard Kilty furious with officials after 100m gun failure

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Sprinter Richard Kilty was left furious after he finished last in the 100 metres at the Anniversary Games in London on Sunday.

The 24-year-old was not angry at his own performance, though, but with the officials after he claims the starting gun failed to make a sound when the runners were in their blocks.

Kilty pulled up believing it would be called a false-start, before realising the race was continuing. The world indoor champion couldn't make up the time lost, though, leaving Harry Aikines-Aryeetey to take victory in 10.29 seconds.

Twitter rage

The athlete took to Twitter to vent his frustrations, calling the incident an "absolute disgrace."

"How can they not fire a gun, then I stop running, others keep running, Poor officials here. Should have been called back."

Elsewhere, 110m hurdler William Sharman impressed as he narrowly missed out on first place.

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Sharman, 29, finished in 13.29 seconds - the same time awarded to first and second place, American Ryan Wilson claiming the photo-finish win.

Positive British performances

There were British wins for Tiffany Porter and Chris Tomlinson, however. Porter won the women's high-hurdles, while Tomlinson leapt to 7.94m to win the long jump.

Both will be hoping to take this form into the Commonwealth Games which begin this week.

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