Yohan Blake faces fresh challenge to disappointing Commonwealth bronze

Akani Simbine of South Africa (left) and Yohan Blake of Jamaica compete in the Commonwealth Games Men's 100m Final - Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia, April 9, 2018. "I was supposed to win easily and I suppose I was too confident and maybe I over-thought it", he said.

Blake, Bolt's long-time understudy, qualified fastest for the men's 100 metres final as the athletics programme got underway, closely followed by Adam Gemili of England.

In the morning, Hima Das, running her first worldwide event in the women's 400m, qualified for the semifinal with a time of 52.11s in the fifth heat. "I didn't think I would ever medal in the 100".

This race had been billed as a chance for Blake to win his first major individual title since the 2011 World Championships and Bolt had warned his former training partner: "You've got to win or you can't go home".

The fastest woman in the field by a considerable margin, Lee-Ahye came through strongly in the second half of the race to beat Jamaican pair Christania Williams and Gayon Evans in a winning time of 11.14sec.

Rising Ugandan talent Joshua Cheptegei, the world silver medalist in the 10,000 meters past year, grabbed the 5,000 gold in a time of 13:50.83, burning away from Canada's silver-medal-winner Mohammed Ahmed in the final lap.

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

Stacy Ndiwa of Kenya managed a PB of 31:46.36 to take silver while Uganda also clinched bronze courtesy of Mercyline Chelangat in 31:48.31. "I felt (it was) just like a big embrace and I wanted to give them something that reflected the best I could do, and my only real regret today was that I was unable to show them", she said.

The first gold medals in the athletics program were awarded in the 20-km race walks, with Australia winning both the morning events.

Olympic champion Max Whitlock of England stumbled to sixth in the men's floor gymnastics competition, which was won by Marios Georgiou of Cyprus. "I feel good, 10.06, I am feeling comfortable, anything is possible".

'I didn't get the start and I was all over the place'. "I'm sure Ian and others who were with him would have preferred that not to have happened, and so would we, but the reality is if the police believe a crime has been committed they will enforce the law".

But it was South Africa's night as Simbine snared the gold in 10.03 seconds ahead of countryman Henricho Bruintjies (10.17).

  • Stacy Allen