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Commonwealth Games: Simbine upsets Blake to win 100 metres gold

Commonwealth Games: Simbine upsets Blake to win 100 metres gold Commonwealth Games: Simbine upsets Blake to win 100 metres gold
Steven Clarke | 11 April, 2018, 04:50

Gold Coast, Apr 9 (AFP) Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake stumbled out of the blocks and said he was "all over the place" in coming third as South Africa's Akani Simbine won a stunning 100m gold at the Commonwealth Games today.

England's Asha Philip was fourth.

"I just focused on myself and making sure I get out fast and get to the 50m as quick as I can". The 17-year-old, who won bronze in the all-around and silver in the women's team final, finished ahead of Australia's Georgia-Rose Brown.

"I wasn't focused on (Blake)". "That's what I want, to start with the Commonwealths, to take over the dominance of the sprinting world".

"Usain Bolt was at the track in Jamaica before I left", Blake told the media upon his arrival in Australia.

Blake, who was fastest into the final and had been hot favourite in Bolt's absence, said that he was "stumbling all the way, I just didn't recover from it".

Samoa had also only won three Commonwealth gold medals before Mao picked up their first for these Games with a total lift of 360kg to beat Indian favourite Pardeep Singh in the men's 105kg class.

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.

"When you have a frightful 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.

Commonwealth Games: Simbine upsets Blake to win 100 metres gold

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

But Hubbard damaged ligaments in her elbow when attempting a Commonwealth record in the snatch, leaving the competition open for the Samoan teenager whose coaches had been critical of the New Zealander's inclusion.

Wales' Hollie Arnold won the F56 javelin with a world record throw of 44.43m.

"I'm so happy. I saw 44m and I screamed", said Arnold. That rivalry will always be there.

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.

Blake - the 2011 World Championship 100m victor whose personal best of 9.69sec remains the second fastest in history behind former training partner Usain Bolt - had been heavily favoured but never recovered from a bad start. I was supposed to take this very easily.

Makwala, who reached the 200 final at last year's world championships days after being refused entry to the stadium for the 400 final because of quarantine restrictions amid a viral outbreak, is targeting his first medal at a major meet.

Teenager Eileen Cikamatana became the first Fijian woman to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal as the island nations dominated.

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