South Africa’s Akani Simbine finally secured an individual global medal as he stunned tournament favourite, Yohan Blake, to win the men’s 100m title on Monday at the Carrara Stadium, venue of the Athletics event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Not only did Simbine strike GOLD in the event with a time of 10.03s, he also inspired a 1-2 for his country as Henricho Bruintjies claimed Silver in 10.17s, while Blake was left to rue the lost opportunity as he could not hide his disappointment at finishing 3rd with a time of 10.19s.

Incidentally, Nigeria’s Seye Ogunlewe also clocked the same time – a Season’s Best (SB) – and narrowly missed out on a podium finish in 4th position, while teammate and the country’s second finalist in the event, Enoch Adegoke settled for 7th position in 10.35s.

Meanwhile, Michelle-Lee Ahye lived up to her billing as the pre-championship favourite, having outclassed the rest of the line-up to win the women’s 100m GOLD in 11.14s, while Jamaica’s duo of Christania Williams and Gayon Evans claimed Silver and Bronze respectively in 11.21s and 11.22s (PB).

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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