Commonwealth Games: Simbine upsets Blake to win 100 metres gold

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South Africa's Akani Simbine won men's 100m gold at the Commonwealth Games with Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye triumphing in the women's race.

Simbine, who was fifth at the 2016 Olympics and at last year's world titles, won in 10.03 second, with Bruintjies second in 10.17, shading Blake by 0.02. "That's just shocking to be honest, I should have done better than that".

Before the start of the Games, Simbine said he would no longer merely hope for the best going into a major championship but go out with the mindset of winning gold. I knew if I managed to do so, I would get a good result.

"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.

"Keep putting in the work. You know your journey".

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Simbine won after rival Adam Gemili pulled out through injury.

Simbine said: "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 quickly as I could".

The 2011 world champion entered Monday's final as the hot favorite after posting the quickest time of the season and in the first two rounds, but stumbled early and never regained his form against the two runners to his right.

Teenager Eileen Cikamatana became the first Fijian woman to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal as the island nations dominated. "And it's a big thing for South Africa sprinting and South African sports". The South Africa flag-bearer, who will run in the 800, qualified fastest for today's final ahead of home runner Georgia Griffith (4:06.41) and Kenya's Mary Kuria.

"I came here wanting to be on the podium".

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Even with the absence of Wayde van Niekerk and reigning champion Kirani James, the men's 400m boasts quality and looks to be a battle between Botswana's flamboyant Isaac Makwala and Grenada's Rio Olympic finalist Bralon Taplin.

Makwala, who was barred from competing in the world championships' 400m final in London a year ago over illness fears, qualified fastest for the final with a time of 45.00 seconds.

After crossing the line, the 31-year-old did two push-ups on the track.

Michelle-Lee Ahye won her first gold medal at a major global meet, celebrating with an air punch as she crossed the finish line in 11.14 seconds and relegated Jamaicans Christania Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (11.22) to silver and bronze.

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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