Published: Ср, Апреля 11, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Commonwealth Games: Simbine upsets Blake to win 100m gold

Commonwealth Games: Simbine upsets Blake to win 100m gold

Ahye said: "I think my family and country will be very proud".

However, in a sport dependent on inches, Blake and fourth-placed Seye Ogunlewe both finished the race on a dead heat time, finishing the race side-by-side.

Blake, who had been desperate to shine after the retirement of Usain Bolt, came third in 10.19 and appeared far from his fluent best from start to finish.

"I was stumbling all the way and I didn't recover from it", said the 28-year-old.

"I know what I can do and I just don't know what happened, it was just a bad race for me". "I knew if I could put that together, the rest of my race would come together smoothly and I'd win". "I'm disappointed because I've been feeling good".

Simbine, who was fifth at the 2016 Olympics and at last year's world titles, won in 10.03 seconds, with Bruintjies second in 10.17.

"Well done @YohanBlake. Keep putting in the work".

Earlier, bowls quartet Elma Davis‚ Esme Kruger‚ Nicolene Neal and Johanna Snyman won South Africa's second medal on the greens at the Games.

"I'm hugely gutted to announce that I have had to withdraw from the 100m final due to an injury sustained in the semi-final", Gemili said in a statement on his Twitter account.

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South Africas Henricho Bruintjies (silver) and South Africas Akani Simbine (gold) celebrate after the athletics men's 100m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 9, 2018.

"I wasn't focused on (Blake)".

Blake will feel similarly frustrated and the pre-race favourite said of his ragged performance: "I was stumbling all the way and I didn't recover from it".

"Being able to run in lane eight and lane nine with Henricho and placing first and second with him, it's really incredible".

Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye won the women's 100m in 11.14, ahead of Jamaicans Christania Williams in 11.21 and Gayon Evans with 11.22.

Blake endured a disappointing 2017, missing out on a World Championships medal in the 100m and failing to make the 200m final. Even with the absence of Wayde van Niekerk and reigning champion Kirani James, the men's 400 metres boasts quality and looks to be a battle between Botswana's flamboyant Isaac Makwala and Grenada's Rio Olympic finalist Bralon Taplin.

Makwala, who was barred from competing in the world championships' 400 final in London previous year over illness fears, qualified fastest for the final with a time of 45.00 seconds. After crossing the line, the 31-year-old did two push-ups on the track to show his fitness and grinned at the TV camera.

World champion Tom Walsh won the shot put gold for New Zealand at 21.41m after a setting a games record 22.45m in qualifying.

Stella Chesang fought off Kenya's Stacy Ndiwa to take the 10,000m gold for Uganda and win her maiden Commonwealth medal.

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