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Commonwealth Games: Akani Simbine & Michelle-Lee Ahye win 100m titles

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South Africa's Akani Simbine won men's 100m gold at the Commonwealth Games with Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye triumphing in the women's race.

Simbine, 24, came home in 10.03 seconds ahead of compatriot Henricho Bruintjies (10.17) and Jamaica's Yohan Blake (10.19).

In the women's final, Ahye ran 11.14 while Jamaica's Christania Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (11.21) took silver and bronze respectively.

England's Asha Philip was fourth.

Philip, 27, ran 11.28 while team-mate Adam Gemili withdrew from the men's final earlier in the day with an injury picked up in his semi-final.

Both Gemili and Philip were left ruing missed opportunities to make the podium after clocking semi-final times that would have earned a medal in their respective finals.

"I came fourth in Glasgow, fourth in Australia, it seems to be my favourite number," Philip told BBC Sport.

"I'm better than this. That's just shocking to be honest, I should have done better than that."


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.

Injury ruled him out of the World Championships the following year and, after narrowly missing out on the podium at Rio 2016, he failed to make individual selection for London 2017 when hampered by a hamstring injury.

Yet again, the 24-year-old's body let him down. After walking gingerly away from yesterday's semi-final, he declared himself "gutted" to pull out of the final with a thigh injury.

Blake will feel similarly frustrated and the pre-race favourite said of his ragged performance: "I was stumbling all the way and I didn't recover from it. I didn't get the start and I was all over the place.

"Maybe I was too confident."

Source: BBC

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