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Simbine upsets Blake to win 100 metres gold

April 09, 2018 18:16 IST

IMAGE: Akani Simbine, left, celebrates winning gold in the men's 100 metres, while Yohan Blake, right, had settle for the bronze. Photograph:Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Akani Simbine upset Jamaica's Yohan Blake to win the 100 metres gold medal for South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Monday.

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.

 

Blake finished with bronze in a time of 10.19 seconds, after qualifying fastest with a time of 10.06 in the semi-finals.

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

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