Yohan Blake fails to win 100m gold medal at Commonwealth Games

Akani Simbine beats Yohan Blake to the finish line

Akani Simbine says this was the greatest achievement of his career Credit getty images

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake was tipped to win the men's 100-metre final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Monday night.

The bronze medal was no consolation for Blake as well as his fans but then the Jamaican stars have always given the Commonwealth Games the short shrift.

"I lost from the start", Blake said.

"I'm a bit disappointed because I've been feeling good, I've been running good and I just didn't put the start together so I was all over the place".

"It's my first global title and for me it's a milestone, a stepping stone towards the world championships, and the Olympics and more competitions and more worldwide competitions", said Simbine, adding he needed to call his mother watching back home in South Africa.

"I was stumbling all the way and I didn't recover from it".

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. The path to gold was made smoother for Simbine when England runner Adam Gemili, a 4x100m relay gold medalist at the London world championships, pulled out before the final with a thigh injury.

The women's 100m, in contrast, was a straightforward affair as favourite Michelle-Lee Ahye became the first woman from Trinidad and Tobago to win gold in the Games, taking the race with a dominant display and a time of 11.14s.

"In the past when I competed at a major event I had a mindset of just wanting to get through each round".

New Zealand, which has reached the final every time netball has been played at the Commonwealth Games and has won two gold medals, was upset 57-53 by Malawi.

"The 100m is an event of who's got the biggest ego and who can handle the ego the best." said Simbine.

Simbine now finally has a major championship medal to show for his hard work over the last few years.

"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".

The 40-year-old was leading the women's +90kg category when she attempted Games-record snatch of 132kg, only for her left elbow to give way under the weight.

"The crowd was absolutely magnificent". "I'll speak to my coach, see what he says and tomorrow I'll come and lay it down". Fellow Aussie Jemima Montag took gold.

And Scottish bowling great Alexander Marshall, a victor at the last four Games, suffered men's pairs defeat alongside Paul Foster to Daniel Salmon and Marc Wyatt of Wales.

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