Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
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Simbine upsets Blake to win 100m gold

Simbine upsets Blake to win 100m gold

A stumbling Blake struggled for balance and by the time he regained it, the race was over, leaving him disappointed with the bronze and a time of 10.19.

Blake was such a favourite that in the build-up to the race, Bolt told him that "You've got to win, you've got to do your best or you can't go home".

Blake was the favourite 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.

"It's my first worldwide title and for me it's a milestone, a stepping stone towards the world championships, and the Olympics and more competitions and more global competitions", said the 24-year-old.

"I've been feeling great but I was stumbling and I just couldn't recover from it".

"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. It was just never (going) to happen today, I don't know.

Bolt, who retired past year with eight Olympic golds including two 4x100 relay titles shared with Blake, tweeted his congratulations to his teammate and Simbine. My coach, Werner Prinsloo, deserves a special mention for all the hard work he has done to ensure that I keep on getting faster. "I was just focused on myself and making sure I get to the 50 metres as quick as I can because I know if I put that together the rest of my race will come together", said the Pretoria 24-year-old.

"I lost from the start", Blake said.

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

It was quite apt that Bruintjies and Simbine shared the podium as they have been at the forefront of South African sprinting the last four years.

Ahye became the first woman from Trinidad and Tobago to win 100m gold, crossing the line in 11.14secs ahead of Jamaica duo Christania Williams and Gayon Evans on the Gold Coast.

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

BBC pundit and four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson was more critical of Blake, who has won only in relays since his world title seven years ago.

"It is an wonderful feeling to come here and do what I could have done, and I've won the gold medal which is something I knew I could do".

Meanwhile, Wales' Hollie Arnold added Commonwealth gold to her World and Paralympic titles in the F46 javelin in dramatic style, producing a world-record final throw to snatch victory from New Zealand's Holly Robinson.

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