Blake takes Bolt's baton as Jamaica's sprint king

  • Blake takes Bolt's baton as Jamaica's sprint king

Blake takes Bolt's baton as Jamaica's sprint king

Akani Simbine grabbed the spotlight and stunned Jamaica's Yohan Blake in the men's 100 meters final at the Commonwealth Games on Monday as athletics began a new era without Usain Bolt.

The Jamaican clocked the fastest time of 10.06 seconds to win the first semi-final yesterday, and installed himself as favourite to capture today's final at Carrara Stadium.

The photo finish image was sent to Gold Coast 2018's official Twitter account on Monday - prompting a response from Games officials.

"This is probably my best achievement so far.it's my first global title and for me it's a great feeling".

Elsewhere, Olympic champion Max Whitlock of England stumbled to sixth in the men's floor gymnastics and finished second in the pommel horse as his campaign fell flat.

Their silver medal pushed South Africa's tally at the Games into the double figures winning the country's 10th medal. (Getty) Simbine and Blake embrace after the shock upset.

"There has been a lot of work behind the scenes, but we have such a great squad", said Stephanie Morton, who won the women's keirin.

"I knew if I could put that together, the rest of my race would come together smoothly and I'd win".

"It would have been a good way to get back on top".

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

'I was stumbling all the way.

"I've been running good and I just didn't put the start together so I was all over the place".

It was quite apt that Bruintjies and Simbine shared the podium as they have been at the forefront of South African sprinting the last four years.

The third fastest man of all time, Blake topped qualifying with a time of 10.06 and had been warned jokingly by Bolt not to come home without gold in his luggage.

"I believed in myself from the start of the race and I believed in what I could do and focusing on myself", Simbine said.

"It is an awesome feeling to come here and do what I could have done, and I've won the gold medal which is something I knew I could do".

"It was just a bad race for me".

Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye triumphed in the women's race, her first gold medal at a major worldwide meet.

Glasgow's 100 and 200m champion Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria will also dodge the individual sprints, leaving Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle Lee-Ahye to battle Jamaicans Christiana Williams and Natasha Morrison for the 100 title.

Steven Kari slammed the floor in delight and hurled his belt into the crowd as he won the men's 94kg weightlifting to earn Papua New Guinea their first gold of the Games. (Getty) Ahye led from start to finish to win in 11.14 seconds.

It was the first time in 20 years the 100m crown was not retained by a Caribbean nation. "I was supposed to win easily and I suppose I was too confident and maybe I over-thought it", he said.

"I just stayed calm and did what I had to do".