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Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Simbine upstages Blake in 100-meter dash at Commonwealth Games

Simbine upstages Blake in 100-meter dash at Commonwealth Games

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South Africa's Akani Simbine dealt with the egos as he upset one of the biggest drawcards of the Commonwealth Games to take a shock gold in the men's 100m.

The women's 100m, in contrast, was a straight affair as favourite Ahye became the first woman from Trinidad & Tobago to win gold in the Games, taking the race with a dominant display and a time of 11.14s.

England's Asha Philip was fourth.

Simbine won after rival Adam Gemili pulled out through injury.

Philip said: "I'm gutted, it was terrible. It was never meant to be I guess".

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

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 believed in myself from the start of the race and I believed in what I could do and focusing on myself", Simbine said. 'It was my first major final and I so almost did not get to race it.

"Maybe I was too confident".

It was a chastening outing for Blake, 28, the 2011 world champion who holds the joint second fastest time in history, but whose career has always been overshadowed by the now retired Bolt. The Gold Coast therefore represented a chance to renew his credentials as a world beater.

Last month, Bolt jokingly warned Blake there would be "problems" if he failed to win a medal at the games.

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

For Simbine, however, the result was vindication.

Blake clocked 10.19s with Bruintjies finishing in 10.17s and the former world champion conceded he made mistakes at the Gold Coast's Carrara Stadium.

"I came here wanting to be on the podium". I got up running but I couldn't catch them. "I just focused on myself".

They went down 18-16 to defending world champions New Zealand in their gold-silver match early on Monday.

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

"Thanks to my country, my coach and my family".

"Holly really pushed me and the best feature is that we really push each other head to head".

South Africa's Caster Semenya looked in imperious form as she qualified fastest for Tuesday's 1500m final.

As athletics began a new era without Usain Bolt, the stage was set for fellow Jamaican Blake to win his first major individual gold since winning the 2011 world title.

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

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