Simbine upsets Blake to win 100 metres gold

Tanya Simon
April 11, 2018

Blake was the favourite to be crowned men's sprint champion at Carrara Stadium, but the Jamaican could only take bronze after he failed to recover from a poor start and South Africa's Simbine eased to victory in 10.03 seconds ahead of compatriot Henricho Bruintjies.

In the women's final, Ahye ran 11.14 while Jamaica's Christania Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (11.21) took silver and bronze respectively. The win here for her also made up for the disappointment that she had, withdrawing from the 100m semifinals of Glasgow 2014, owing to a hamstring injury.

Both Gemili and Philip were left ruing missed opportunities to make the podium after clocking semi-final times that would have earned a medal in their respective finals.

"I am quite happy with the performance, for a couple of years I've been working hard but I haven't been in finals like Akani", Bruintjies said.

"I'm better than this". I now just see "gold".

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

Yet again, the 24-year-old's body let him down.

"I've been running good and I just didn't put the start together so I was all over the place".

"Maybe I was too confident".

It was a chastening outing for Blake, who holds the joint-second fastest time in history, but whose career has always been overshadowed by Bolt.

And the likes of Canada's Andre de Grasse had overtaken him as the possible heir to Bolt. The Gold Coast therefore represented a chance to renew his credentials as a world beater.

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BBC pundit and four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson was more critical of Blake, who has won only in relays since his world title seven years ago.

"Chasing like that never works".

The South Africa flag bearer dictated the race from the front, setting the pace the whole way and finishing in 4 minutes 5.86 seconds to lead all qualifiers into the final.

Speaking after his win, Simbine said: "I came here wanting to be on the podium".

Australia's medal tally now sits at 50 gold, 38 silver and 42 bronze.

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

The 23-year-old had trailed Robinson from the first round, after the Kiwi broke Arnold's previous world record with a 43.32m opener.

Wales' Hollie Arnold won the F56 javelin with a world record throw of 44.43m. "It's very important for me to have one in my trophy case".

On a big night for South Africa, Chad le Clos became the first swimmer to claim the butterfly treble at a Commonwealth Games, winning the 100m on Monday to add to the 200m and 50m golds he won earlier at the Games.

It marked Trinidad and Tobago's first gold in any event since Ato Boldon won the 100m at Kuala Lumpur 1998 and only their ninth ever.

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