Simbine stuns Blake in 100m

Simbine stuns Blake in 100m

Jamaica's Yohan Blake admitted he underestimated his rivals as South Africa's Akani Simbine claimed the 100m title at the Commonwealth Games.

With a packed crowd at Carrara Stadium roaring, Simbine blazed down the straight and crossed ahead of team mate Henricho Bruintjies in 10.03 seconds. "I couldn't recover from it".

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". It was just never (going) to happen today, I don't know.

"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.

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.

"Keep putting in the work. You know your journey", the sprint great said.

"This was my first final and to get onto the podium is just fantastic for me".

Earlier in the day, England's world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi qualified fastest for Thursday's 110m hurdles final, while team-mate and London 2012 bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz, competing at the Commonwealth Games for the first time at the age of 30, advanced to the high jump final by clearing 2.21m at his second attempt.

"I came here wanting to be on the podium".

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

"When you have a frightful start like that you have to keep to your race plan but he threw it away and began racing like a kid in the schoolyard", four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson told BBC Sport. "And it's a big thing for South Africa sprinting and South African sports".

Australia's medal tally now sits at 50 gold, 38 silver and 42 bronze.

The South Africa flag bearer dictated the race from the front, setting the pace the whole way and finishing in 4 minutes, 5.86 seconds to lead all qualifiers into the final.

Even with the absence of Wayde van Niekerk and reigning champion Kirani James, the men's 400m boasts quality and looks to be a battle between Botswana's flamboyant Isaac Makwala and Grenada's Rio Olympic finalist Bralon Taplin.

It was a chastening outing for Blake, who holds the joint-second fastest time in history, but whose career has always been overshadowed by Bolt.

After crossing the line, the 31-year-old did two push-ups on the track. "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.

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