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Commonwealth Games: Simbine upsets Blake to win 100 metres gold

GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - Akani Simbine upset Jamaica’s Yohan Blake to win the 100 metres gold medal for South Africa at the Commonwealth Games on Monday.

Athletics - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Men's 100m Final - Carrara Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia - April 9, 2018. Akani Simbine of South Africa and Yohan Blake of Jamaica. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee

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.

Blake finished with bronze in a time of 10.19 seconds, after qualifying fastest with a time of 10.06 in the semi-finals.

The path to gold was made smoother for Simbine, with England runner Adam Gemili, a 4x100m relay gold medallist at the London world championships, pulling out before the final with a thigh injury.

Editing by Christian Radnedge

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