Commonwealth Games 2018: Akani Simbine stuns Yohan Blake to win 100m gold

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Affirming South Africa's status as a global sprinting powerhouse Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies sprinted to a rare gold-silver double at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Yet, last night a botched start saw Blake struggle to find his stride, giving up valuable ground to his competitors.

With a heaving crowd at Carrara Stadium roaring, Rio Olympic finalist Simbine blazed away after Blake botched his start, and crossed the line in 10.03 seconds, leading a South African one-two with team mate Henricho Bruintjies.

Yohan Blake was the gold medal favourite before the games and he reaffirmed that with 10.06s in his semi-final to be the fastest qualifier for the final.

"I've been feeling great, but I was stumbling and I just couldn't recover from it". "I was supposed to take this very easily because I was ready and feeling good".

"I just stayed calm and did what I had to do".

"This was my first final and to get onto the podium is just fantastic for me".

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

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

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"I wasn't focused on him [Blake], I was focused on myself and making sure I got out fast and that I got to the 50m as quick as I could", he said.

Coe said there was no shortage of athletics talent for the Games, the first major competition since Bolts retirement previous year left the sport with a void to fill.

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

"I think everybody is celebrating and everybody believes sprinting in South Africa has been a long time coming and we can have a South African on the podium and now we can have two on the podium".

So often the bridesmaid at major events in the past, Ahye controlled Monday's race to win in 11.14 ahead of Jamaicans Christania Williams and Gayon Evans.

Meanwhile, Jamaica O'Dayne Richards failed to medal in the men's shot put final as the 2014 champion could only managed fourth place.

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

Glasgow silver medallist Nick Miller smashed the Games record and England's national mark with a throw of 80.26 metres to capture gold in the hammer ahead of Australian Matty Denny and Scot Mark Dry, who won bronze.

"It is an fantastic 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".