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I paid ultimate price for taking gold medal joy as a given, admits Blake

 

By Nick Mashiter

Jamaica's Yohan Blake admitted he underestimated his rivals as South Africa's Akani Simbine claimed the 100m title at the Commonwealth Games.

Pre-race favourite Blake never recovered from an early slip as Simbine won in 10.03 seconds yesterday and Henricho Bruintjies clinched a South African one-two.

Blake clocked 10.19s with Bruintjies finishing in 10.17s and the former world champion conceded he made mistakes at the Gold Coast's Carrara Stadium.

Blake, who qualified fastest in 10.06s, said: "I was supposed to win easily and I suppose I was too confident and maybe I over-thought it.

"I've been feeling great but I was stumbling and I just couldn't recover from it. I got up running but I couldn't catch them. I was supposed to take this very easily. It was never meant to be I guess."

Simbine said: "I wasn't focused on him (Blake), I was focused on myself and making sure I got out fast and that I got to the 50m as quickly as I could. I knew if I could put that together, the rest of my race would come together smoothly and I'd win."

Trinidad's Michelle-Lee Ahye took the women's crown ahead of Jamaican pair Christania Williams and Gayon Evans as England's Asha Philip finished fourth.

Philip said: "I'm gutted, it was horrible. I don't know if the fire is lit at the moment, after what happened in the world indoors (failing to win a medal in the 60m) and now I'm just really frustrated with myself."

Ahye said: "I think my family and country will be very proud. It means a lot to me to represent Trinidad and Tobago."

Simbine won after rival Adam Gemili pulled out through injury.

After Sunday's semi-final, the 24-year-old revealed he was battling an adductor problem and is also out of the 4x100m relay.

"I'm hugely gutted to announce that I have had to withdraw from the 100m final due to an injury sustained in the semi-final," Gemili said in a statement on his Twitter account.

But there was delight for Andy Pozzi after the new world indoor 60m hurdles champion qualified fastest for today's 110m hurdles final.

He clocked 13.29 seconds, although team-mate Dave King failed to progress.

"We're going to see some good times. Just to get the first one out of the way is always good," said Pozzi.

South Africa's Caster Semenya also eased into the 1,500m final after winning her heat.

England's Jessica Judd and Katie Snowdon joined her with Wales' Melissa Courtney and Scotland's Eilish McColgan and Stephanie Twell.

Robbie Grabarz, who won bronze at the London Olympics in 2012, and Chris Baker reached the high jump final after clearing 2.21m in qualifying.

Emily Diamond reached the women's 400m semi-final in 52.26s and Anyika Onuora also went through in 53.13s.

Richard Chiassaro, meanwhile, set a new Games record of 3:06.76 to reach the T54 1,500m final.

Wales' Hollie Arnold won the F56 javelin with a world record throw of 44.43m.

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