Commonwealth Games 2018: Controversial 100m final finish defended by officials

Akani Simbine

"I was stumbling all the way and I didn't recover from it", said Blake.

Gemili's first global individual medal came with 100m silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow four years ago, but there has not been another since.

A stumbling Blake struggled for balance and by the time he regained it, the race was over, leaving him disappointed with the bronze and a time of 10.19.

Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye won the race in 11.14.

Teenager Eileen Cikamatana became the first Fijian woman to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal as the island nations dominated. "I just focused on myself".

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

As athletics began a new era without Usain Bolt, the stage was set for fellow Jamaican Blake to win his first major individual gold since winning the 2011 world title.

Ahye won her first gold medal at a major global meet, celebrating with an air punch as she crossed the finish line in 11.14 second and relegated Jamaicans Christania Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (11.22) to silver and bronze. "It's a big thing for South African sprinting and South African sport".

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South Africa - with Simbine and Bruintjies included - will also line up in the 4x100m relay and with Monday night's result still fresh, they will be backing themselves. "It means a lot to me to represent Trinidad and Tobago".

World indoor and outdoor champion Tom Walsh (New Zealand) was unable to match his impressive qualification mark of 22.45m, but still was an easy victor of the shot put, with a heave of 21.41m.

"When you have a terrible 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.

Chukwuebula Enekwechi of Nigeria produced a huge personal best of 21.14m to take the silver medal.

Stacy Ndiwa held off a late charge by Mercyline Chelangat to secure silver for Kenya.

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.

Isaac Makwala of Botswana coasted across the line to win the opening heat of the 400 semifinals in 45.00 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. He capped off day one by winning his 400m in 48.12 for a total of 4509 points.

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