Akani wins 100m, Yohan Blake is 3rd

Akani wins 100m, Yohan Blake is 3rd

Akani wins 100m, Yohan Blake is 3rd

Simbine also won the first major championship since the retirement of Blake's fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt, the 100 and 200m world record-holder.

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

Simbine was expected to finish on the podium, but Bruintjies was a complete outsider.

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.

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

"It is an fantastic 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's just an incredible feeling to come here for my country and be able to do this", he said.

"This was my first final and to get onto the podium is just awesome for me". "It's a big thing for South African sprinting and South African sport".

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Four years ago, the quartet of Esme Steyn, Susan Nel, Santjie Steyn, and Tracy-Lee Botha won gold at Glasgow 2014.

The win for Ahye, a finalist at the 2016 Olympics and the last two world championships, delivered Trinidad and Tobago its first Commonwealth title in the women's 100m and meant a Jamaican hasn't won the title since 2006. It came in the absence of the top Jamaican, Elaine Thompson, who won the Olympic 100-200 double in 2016 but is only running the 200 on the Gold Coast.

"I think my family and country will be very proud", Ahye said.

New Zealand's world champion and world leader Tom Walsh fulfilled his billing as heavy shot-put favourite with a throw of 21.41m - a metre off his personal best - to claim the title while Uganda's Stella Chesang came through to win an open women's 10,000m final.

Blake struggled for balance after a messy start and finished with the bronze in a time of 10.19 seconds, after qualifying fastest with a time of 10.06 in the semifinals. World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya kicked off her bid for a Commonwealth double with a comfortable win in the 1,500m heats in four minutes and 05.86 seconds.

The South Africa flag-bearer, who will run in the 800, qualified fastest for Tuesday's final ahead of home runner Georgia Griffith (4:06.41) and Kenya's Mary Kuria. Makwala, who was barred from competing in the world championships' 400m final in London past year over illness fears, qualified fastest for the final with a time of 45.00 seconds.

It was a mixed day for India in the athletics events as high jumper Tejaswin Shankar and sprinter Muhammed Anas entered the finals, while Hima Das advanced to the semi-finals.

After the first five events in the decathlon, defending champion Damian Warner has a 129-point lead over Canada teammate Pierce Lepage. He capped off day one by winning his 400m in 48.12 for a total of 4509 points.

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