Commonwealth Games: Simbine upsets Blake to win 100m gold

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Simbine, fifth in the Olympic 100m final at Rio 2016, was a comfortable victor in the end in 10.03.

South Africa's Akani Simbine celebrates after winning gold in the men's 100m final in 10.03 seconds, ahead of race favourite Yohan Blake (right), who settled for bronze.

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. The Jamaican 2011 World champion was involved in a photo-finish with Nigerian Seye Ogunlewe before being awarded the bronze in 10.19s.

"It is an incredible 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".

"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", Blake said after the race, expressing his disappointment.

"Being able to run in lane 8-9 with Henricho, and placing first and second with him is unbelievable", he said.

In the women's final, Ahye ran 11.14 while Jamaica's Christania Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (11.21) took silver and bronze respectively.

"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. England's Asha Philip was fourth in a repeat of her finish in Glasgow four years ago.

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.

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"Thanks to my country, my coach and my family".

World champion Tom Walsh won the shot put gold for New Zealand at 21.41 meters after a setting a games record 22.45 in qualifying.

The women's 10,000m was dominated by East African athletes, as Stella Chesang (Uganda) topped in 31:45.30, followed by Stacy Ndiwa (Kenya), in a personal best of 31:46.36, and Mercyline Chelangat (Uganda) in 31:48.41.

Olympic and world 800-meter champion Caster Semenya started her quest for a Commonwealth Games double with a commanding win in the heats of the 1,500. The South Africa flag bearer raced within herself but still qualified fastest for Tuesday's final ahead of home runner Georgia Griffith (4:06.41) and Kenya's Mary Kuria.

Isaac Makwala of Botswana coasted across the line to win the opening heat of the 400 semifinals in 45.00 and then did three press ups as his rivals slumped behind him, heaving in deep breaths.

Ahye had always appeared the favourite after impressing through the rounds and was the only entrant to reach the final of last year's World Championships in London, where she placed sixth.

It was a mixed day for India in the athletics events as high jumper Tejaswin Shankar and sprinter Muhammed Anas entered the finals, while Hima Das advanced to the semi-finals.

Canada's defending champion Damian Warner leads the decathlon with a total of 4,509 points at halfway.

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