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

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake crosses the finish line in his men’s 100m semifinal

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake crosses the finish line in his men’s 100m semifinal

Ahye takes women's 100 Ahye wonher first gold medal at a major worldwide 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.

"I'm a bit disappointed because I've been feeling good, I've been running good and I just didn't put the start together so I was all over the place".

In front of festive crowd at Carrara Stadium, the 28-year-old qualified fastest with a time of 10.06 seconds to raise his hopes of a maiden gold medal at the quadrennial Games in Monday's final.

Blake recovered well enough to claim the bronze in 10.19.

Simbine now finally has a major championship medal to show for his hard work over the last few years.

"It's a milestone and a stepping-stone towards world championships and the Olympics".

"There's a lot more in the tank", Blake said.

"It is an unbelievable 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".

While Simbine has been soaring over the last two seasons, Bruintjies has been battling to find his way back to the top.

"I am quite happy with the performance, for a couple of years I've been working hard but I haven't been in finals like Akani", Bruintjies said.

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

"The 100m is an event of who's got the biggest ego and who can handle the ego the best." said Simbine.

"I knew it was something I could do, it was just a matter of coming here and making sure I put the ideal race together", said the 24-year-old Simbine, who was fifth in the 100m final at the 2016 Rio Olympics, one spot behind Blake. "And it's a big thing for South Africa sprinting and South African sports".

The para-athletes Dyan Buis and Charl du Toit opened the sprinting medal tally when they raced to T38 silver and T37 100m bronze respectively.

Tatjana Schoenmaker was presented with her second breaststroke gold of the Games following her success in the 100m on a memorable day for South Africa.

Feagaiga Stowers, second behind Hubbard before her injury, took gold in one of two weightlifting titles for Samoa, who also won the men's 105kg through Sanele Mao.England's James Willstrop beat Paul Coll of New Zealand to win the men's squash, while New Zealander Joelle King was crowned women's champion with victory over English player Sarah-Jane Perry.

The Cook Islands continued Monday's Pacific flavour when they won their first ever Games medal with bronze in lawn bowls men's pairs.

"We are immensely proud of our achievement, it is the first Commonwealth Games for all four of us, and we are extremely happy with the silver medal", Kruger said. England's Asha Philip was fourth.

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