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


Jamaican sprinters Yohan Blake and Elaine Thompson, and Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas, now shape as the main athletes to watch during the eight-day athletics programme.

"There's a lot more in the tank".

"I have been feeling nice however I used to be stumbling and I simply could not get well from it".

"If he comes out to the track he's going to give his best and I just needed to make sure I gave better".

But it was South Africa's night as Simbine snared the gold in 10.03 seconds ahead of countryman Henricho Bruintjies (10.17). Ahye takes women's 100 Ahye wonher first gold medal at a major global meet, celebrating with an air punch as she crossed the finish line in 11.14 and relegated Jamaicans Christania Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (11.22) to silver and bronze.

He failed to rise to the occasion, though, as Simbine surged to an emphatic victory, with Bruintjies ensuring Blake took the third step on the podium.

The 2012 Olympic champion pulled off a treble two days later, easing to victory in a Games-record time of 50.65 in the 100m butterfly final.

It was a chastening outing for Blake, 28, the 2011 world champion who holds the joint second fastest time in history, but whose career has always been overshadowed by the now retired Bolt."I was stumbling all the way and I didn't recover from it", said Blake.

After becoming the first South African to win a Commonwealth 100m title, the 24-year-old Simbine paid tribute to Blake.

However, the two remain close and Blake said he had received a touching message from Bolt, who contacted him to say: "I believe in you". I didn't get the start and I was all over the place.

The South African, who beat Peaty in the event at the 2014 Glasgow Games, celebrated wildly by punching the water before climbing on to the lane rope and pumping his fists in delight.

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

"It was just a bad race for me".

Within the girls's 100m closing, Michelle-Lee Ahye claimed Trinidad and Tobago's first ever Commonwealth Video games gold, ending forward of Jamaica's Christania Williams and Gayon Evans in silver and bronze respectively.

In the morning, Hima Das, running her first global event in women's 400m, qualified for the semifinal with a time of 52.11s in the fifth heat.

He stormed home at Carrara Stadium to win in 10.03 seconds while Blake couldn't overcome a stumble at the start and clocked 10.19.

It was the first time in 20 years the 100m crown was not retained by a Caribbean nation. "I'll speak to my coach, see what he says and tomorrow I'll come and lay it down".

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

Chesang snapped a Kenyan stranglehold in the event which had dated back to 1998. She finished at the 13th spot while Tejinder Pal Singh finished a disappointing eighth in the men's shot put final.