Simbine, Bruintjies claim gold & silver in men's 100m final

Lawrence Cooper
April 11, 2018

While in the Women's 100m it was Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye taking home the Gold, followed by Jamaican pair Christania Williams and Gayon Evans.

As the equal-second fastest man in history, Blake arrived on the Gold Coast as the red-hot medal favourite, carrying the hopes of his sprinting-mad homeland of Jamaica.

Blake, who was supposed to break the 10-second barrier here, managed a pedestrian 10.19 seconds by his own standards and was hugely disappointing - for himself and the 30,000 fans that had filled the Carrara Stadium to watch him race at the Commonwealth Games for the first time. "Tomorrow I'll go out there and do the job", said Blake. I was supposed to take this (race) very easily because I was ready and feeling good. I didn't get the start and I was all over the place.

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

Simbine clocked a winning time of 10.03 seconds, with countryman Henricho Bruintjies getting silver in 10.17.

Jamaica's Yohan Blake is only the second fastest man ever.

"Well done @YohanBlake. Keep putting in the work". "He said: 'If you don't win there is going to be problems'".

Bolt, the eight-time Olympic champion and 2014 Commonwealth relay gold medallist, would have been the star attraction and a certain crowd-puller at the Gold Coast. "I wasn't focused on (Blake)".

"I just focused on myself and making sure I get out fast and get to the 50m as quick as I can".

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

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There was a shock in the pool in the blue-ribbon 100 freestyle, with Scotland's Duncan Scott edging Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers, who had to share silver with Chad le Clos of South Africa after a dead-heat for second.

"Usain told me, 'Yohan, you've got to win or else you can't go back home", said former world champion Blake.

"It's a milestone and a stepping-stone towards world championships and the Olympics".

Simbine's previous best results were fifth-placed finishes at the Rio Games and the London world championships a year ago.

World indoor and outdoor champion Tom Walsh (New Zealand) was unable to match his impressive qualification mark of 22.45m, but still was an easy victor of the shot put, with a heave of 21.41m.

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

The 40-year-old was leading the women's +90kg category when she attempted Games-record snatch of 132kg, only for her left elbow to give way under the weight.

"I knew that it was something I could do, it was just a matter of me coming here and making sure I put the ideal race together", he said.

Ahye is the second athlete from her country to take gold in the event, after Ato Boldon, victor of the men's race at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Games, with a record time of 9.88s.

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