Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

'All over the place' - Blake blames stumble for 100m shock

'All over the place' - Blake blames stumble for 100m shock

The win for Ahye, a finalist at the 2016 Olympics and the last two world championships, delivered Trinidad and Tobago their first Commonwealth title in the women's 100 and meant a Jamaican hasn't won the title since 2006.

Alongside the likes of Canada's Andre de Grasse and Christian Coleman, of the United States, Simbine represents the future of global sprinting and he took a significant scalp on the way to victory in the Gold Coast by beating Yohan Blake, the second fastest man in history.

Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands also showed himself in decent shape, qualifying second fastest for Monday's final with a time of 10.11 seconds ahead of England's Adam Gemili, a world championships relay gold medalist a year ago.

"I lost from the start", Blake said.

Dane Bird-Smith set a games record 1:19.34 to win the men's race ahead of England's Tom Bosworth and Samuel Ireri Tathimba of Kenya.

'I was stumbling all the way.

Had Blake been charged with stepping outside the lines he would have been instantly disqualified from the event - relinquishing the bronze to Nigerian competitor Seye Ogunlewe, who finished in fourth.

The third fastest man of all time, Blake topped qualifying with a time of 10.06 and had been warned jokingly by Bolt not to come home without gold in his luggage.

"Well done @YohanBlake. Keep putting in the work".

The race, one of the high points of the Games, had appeared to open up for Blake when England's Adam Gemili, the 2014 Commonwealth silver-medallist who was second quickest into the final, withdrew hours beforehand with injury.

Simbine's victory ended Jamaica's domination of the commonwealth 100m dating back to the 2006 Games in Melbourne.

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

"This is not a good time for me this season but I want to make it very special for Australia and I came here and I feel good".

England's Asha Philip led qualifiers into the women's 100m final by winning her semifinal heat in 11.21s.

"Usain told me, 'Yohan, you've got to win or else you can't go back home", said former world champion Blake. Despite his retirement, eight-time Olympic champion Bolt will be the star attraction when he arrives in Gold Coast in an ambassador role.

That's the question that is being asked repeatedly since the Jamaican world record holder and multiple-time Olympic and World Championship victor quit the sport a year ago.

After crossing the line, the 31-year-old did two push-ups on the track and grinned at the TV camera.

Tomas Walsh did not match his Games record 22.45m in qualifying but was nonetheless a comfortable victor in the men's shot put final.

Simbine started slowly but showed great speed in the last 60m to win in a time of 10.03 for South Africa's eighth gold medal in this year's Commonwealth Games.

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