SA Hero Simbine Struggles to Remember 100 Metre Final

  • SA Hero Simbine Struggles to Remember 100 Metre Final

SA Hero Simbine Struggles to Remember 100 Metre Final

Akani Simbine grabbed the spotlight and stunned Jamaica's Yohan Blake in the men's 100 metres final at the Commonwealth Games on Monday as athletics began a new era without Usain Bolt.

He stumbled out of the blocks and at one stage appeared in danger of falling over as his rivals cruised ahead.

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 finished with bronze in a time of 10.19 seconds, after qualifying fastest with a time of 10.06 in the semi-finals.

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.

Simbine's previous best results were fifth-placed finishes at the Rio Games and the London world championships a year ago.

Ahye ensured there no Jamaica gold in the women's race either, outpacing Williams and Evans earlier in the evening.

Uganda's distance running success continued as Stella Chesang followed in the footsteps of Joshua Cheptegei over 5,000m yesterday by winning the women's 10,000m. Peaty's compatriot James Wilby took bronze.

World indoor and outdoor champion Tom Walsh (New Zealand) was unable to match his impressive qualification mark of 22.45m, but still was an easy victor of the shot put, with a heave of 21.41m.

Bronte Campbell denied her older sister Cate a fourth gold of the Games, taking the honours in the 100m freestyle final in a Games-record 52.27secs.

Chukwuebula Enekwechi of Nigeria produced a huge personal best of 21.14m to take the silver medal.

Perhaps the most dramatic twist of the night came early-on in the women's T46 javelin final.

But, after coming up a sizeable 92cm short of that leading throw over her previous five attempts, Arnold dug out a superb 44.43m effort to complete her set of major championship medals.

Arnold, though, responded in style in the very last round with a world record of her own, 44.43m, to snatch the gold medal.

The win for Ahye, a finalist at the 2016 Olympics and the last two world championships, delivered Trinidad and Tobago its first Commonwealth title in the women's 100m and meant a Jamaican hasn't won the title since 2006. "And it's a big thing for South Africa sprinting and South African sports".

The para-athletes Dyan Buis and Charl du Toit opened the sprinting medal tally when they raced to T38 silver and T37 100m bronze respectively.

Fellow Canadian Pierce Lepage is second, 129 points behind, while Grenada's Lindon Victor sits third on 4,290.