Simbine upstages Blake in 100-meter dash at Commonwealth Games

Simbine upstages Blake in 100-meter dash at Commonwealth Games

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 100 and meant a Jamaican hasn't won the title since 2006.

"I'm disappointed because I've been feeling good".

His progress was delayed by a string of injuries and he was faced with a rising tide of young rivals such as Canada's Andre de Grasse and American Christian Coleman, plus the return of Justin Gatlin.

Instead, having been jokingly told by former training partner Bolt that there would be "problems" if he returned to Jamaica with anything less than the Commonwealth title, he was left with bronze.

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.

For Simbine, however, the result was vindication.

But, in cool conditions at the Carrara Stadium, Simbine stormed up lane seven to claim victory in 10.03 seconds.

This is a first global title for Simbine, showing he has the big-race temperament to back up his consistency.

"It is just really, really great, I am happy with myself, I am happy with my team, my coach working so hard and telling me I can do it and my family back home", Simbine said.

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Michelle-Lee Ahye won her first gold medal at a major worldwide 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.

"I didn't focus on what they were all talking about. I just focused on myself".

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 18-year-old Cikamatana wept openly as the Fijian anthem played at a Commonwealth Games for only the fourth time - the first since 2002.

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. I qualified as the fastest loser. "It's very important for me to have one in my trophy case".

Blake, who qualified fastest in 10.06s, said: "I was supposed to win easily and I suppose I was too confident and maybe I over-thought it".

England's Jessica Judd and Katie Snowdon joined her with Wales' Melissa Courtney and Scotland's Eilish McColgan and Stephanie Twell.

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