Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

CWG: Simbine upsets Blake to win 100 metres gold

South Africa’s Akani Simbine reacts after the men's 100m heats during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast CWG: Simbine upsets Blake to win 100 metres gold
Sergio Cook | 13 April, 2018, 06:57

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Blake was the favorite 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.

Michelle-Lee Ahye held off a two-pronged Jamaican challenge to claim the women's 100m gold for Trinidad and Tobago in 11.14.

"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.

Philip said: "I'm gutted, it was terrible".

"I'm better than this. I just focused on myself".

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

Blake endured a disappointing 2017, missing out on a World Championships medal in the 100m and failing to make the 200m final.

The 24-year-old Simbine finished strongest and won comfortably in the end, but the race itself is a bit of a blur for him.

"I feel like the monkey just jumped on my back so now I must make sure I can do it again on the worldwide scene", he said.

"I'm just hoping that this inspires the youngsters back home to get out and come to training in the belief that they can get to the stage where we are".

"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.

Usain Bolt joked that Blake may not be welcome home if he didn't win the title on the Gold Coast.

"When you have a terrible start like that you have to keep to your race plan but he threw it away and began racing like a kid in the schoolyard", four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson told BBC Sport.

For Simbine, however, the result was vindication.

This is a first global title for Simbine, showing he has the big-race temperament to back up his consistency. I did today what I knew for a long time I was capable of doing, and that is to win the gold, ' said the Tuks athlete who came fifth at the 2014 Games in Glasgow.

Simbine's previous best results were fifth-placed finishes at the Rio Games and the London world championships past year. "I just focused on myself".

It is the first time that a South African sprinter has won the 100 metres final at the Commonwealth Games.

Nick Miller of England won convincingly with a best throw of 80.26m.

"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. "It's very important for me to have one in my trophy case". I qualified as the fastest loser. It was a pretty easy race for me to win because I've been feeling good.

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