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Harlow's Jo Harten helps England win historic gold medal at the Commonwealth Games

England's netballers celebrate their historic gold medal. Credit: PA

Harlow-born Jo Harten helped England's netballers stun favourites Australia to win their first Commonwealth Games gold medal.

Harten, who scored a last-second winner in a dramatic semi-final win over Jamaica, was on top form again as England overturned a four-point deficit in the final quarter to spark wild celebrations.

On this occasion, it was Helen Housby who scored in the final second to hand England victory in the most dramatic fashion - capitalising on a late contact call to make the final score 52-51.

Jo Harten poses with her gold medal. Credit: PA

Australia, who are currently ranked the number one team in the world, were fancied to continue their dominance of the sport on home soil, having made every Commonwealth Games final since it was introduced in 1998.

However, England upset the odds to take the title and claim the greatest result in their history.

Following the win, Harten took to social media to show off her medal, while her mum Chris said that all her formative years spent playing in the rain in Chelmsford had been worth it.

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Elsewhere, North Walsham squash player James Willstrop won his second medal of the games by winning bronze alongside doubles partner Declan James.

The pair beat Scotland's Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban in straight games, meaning Willstrop walks away from the championships with two medals having won gold in the singles event earlier this week.

James Willstrop picked up two medals on the Gold Coast. Credit: PA

“They count for so much these Commonwealth medals. Any medal that clunks away in the village is a huge thing, people applaud it. It’s a huge thing coming back to Team England’s headquarters with a medal," Willstrop said.

"Im just so thrilled that I took it to a point where I can get through two weeks of this, I’d never dreamed of that four years ago. Now, I’m not saying I’m not going to go for the next Commonwealth Games or try, but it’s going to be an awful long shot. Squash players don’t play at 38 years old, it’s very rare.”

There was also glory for Milton Keynes-based Chris and Gabby Adcock, who beat Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith to retain their mixed doubles badminton title.

They responded to losing their first game of the tournament, to eventually win 19-21 21-17 21-16.

Elsewhere, Kings Lynn-born Aaron Heading took silver in the men’s trap final on Saturday.

Michael Wixey of Wales claimed gold, overtaking Heading's score on the final day.