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'All over the place' - Blake blames stumble for 100m shock

11 April 2018, 05:19 | Melissa Porter

Simbine's shock success

Simbine bags gold, Bruintjies claims silver

It wasn't to be though for the second fastest man in history as he failed to recover from a poor start and ended third to the South African duo of Henricho Bruintjies (second) and Akani Simbine (first).

Tomas Walsh did not match his Games record 22.45 metres in qualifying but was still a comfortable victor in the men's shot put final.

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

Bruintjies produced the best performance of his career finishing ahead of former world champion Yohan Blake winning the silver medal in 10.17.

The most popular win of the evening came in the T38 100m where Australian Evan O'Hanlon tore to gold in 11.09 seconds, bringing the Carrara Stadium to its feet.

So the pressure on Blake intensified.

Blake - the 2011 World Championship 100m victor whose personal best of 9.69sec remains the second fastest in history behind former training partner Usain Bolt - had been heavily favoured but never recovered from a bad start.

"I'll come out tomorrow and start with the hurdles and if it's there when it comes down to the 1,500 - I'll go for it", he said.

"I've been feeling great but I was stumbling and I just couldn't recover from it".

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

Michelle-Lee Ahye held off a two-pronged Jamaican challenge to claim the women's 100m gold for Trinidad and Tobago in 11.14.

In swimming, Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa stunned England's Adam Peaty, the world record-holder, to defend his 50 metres breaststroke title. "It means a lot".

New Zealand's world champion Tomas Walsh threw 21.41 metres to take the shot put gold, going one better than his silver at Glasgow.

Nigeria's Chukwuebuka Enekwechi took silver at 21.14, narrowly ahead of 2014 champion O'Dayne Richards of Jamaica.

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.

"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.

South Africa's Caster Semenya also eased into the 1,500m final after winning her heat.

Isaac Makwala won his 400m semifinal in 45.00 seconds and then did three press ups as his rivals slumped behind him, heaving in deep breaths.

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.

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