Simbine stuns Blake in 100m of Commonwealth Games

Simbine stuns Blake in 100m of Commonwealth Games

The 100m Final shocked fans on Monday night when South Africa's Akani Simbine won gold and Henricho Bruinjies took silver, leaving the second fastest man of all time Yohan Blake to settle for bronze. The sad story of the day was that of the pre-race favourite, Yohan Blake (Jamaica), who finished third in a time of 10.19s.

"I was stumbling all the way", the 28-year-old told reporters ruefully. "I just focused on myself". I knew if I managed to do so, I would get a good result.

"I'm disappointed because I've been feeling good". "Well done @YohanBlake. Keep putting in the work. You know your journey".

"Congrats @AkaniSimbine #Gold", the eight-time Olympic champion tweeted.

"I've never had a heat and a semifinal on the same day so it's unknown territory, but the main factor for me was to conserve as much energy as I could because I know the final is going to be a big thing", Simbine said.

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"It's just an wonderful feeling to come here for my country and be able to do this".

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.

Simbine's gold medal is the first time the crown for the 100m Final in the Commonwealth Games has left the Caribbean.

"I didn't focus on what they were all talking about".

It was a sensational performance, in which they managed to totally upset the form book, proving that South Africa has truly become a power in global sprinting, even when Wayde van Niekerk is injured.

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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.

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.

The run of 9.69 seconds that justifies his introduction as the second-fastest man of all time behind compatriot Usain Bolt is now nearly six years old.

After crossing the line, the 31-year-old did two push-ups on the track.

Meanwhile, Wales' Hollie Arnold added Commonwealth gold to her World and Paralympic titles in the F46 javelin in dramatic style, producing a world-record final throw to snatch victory from New Zealand's Holly Robinson.

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Michelle-Lee Ahye won her first gold medal at a major global meet, celebrating with an air punch as she crossed the finish line in 11.14 seconds and relegated Jamaicans Christania Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (11.22) to silver and bronze.

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