Jamaica’s Yohan Blake couldn’t get better than to settle for bronze in the men’s 100m final at the Commonwealth Games, with South Africa’s Akani Simbine and Henrico Bruintjies claiming gold and silver respectively.
Blake is the widely acclaimed man to top the podium on the Gold Coast, with many going as far as to proclaim him the heir to retired Champion Usain Bolt as the king of the sprint.
However, the 28-year-old was always playing catch-up throughout the race as South Africa claimed a memorable one-two at Carrara Stadium.
Simbine – a fifth-place finisher at the Rio Olympics in 2016 – tore clear of the rest of the pack to post a time of 10.03s, 0.14s quicker than his closest challenger Bruintjies.
Bruintjies, who failed to even make it through his heat in Rio, crossed the line in 10.17s, beating Blake to silver by the narrowest of margins.
Despite only being a whisker away from a silver medal, Blake also almost missed out on a medal entirely, finishing in exactly the same time, 10.19s as Nigerian Seye Ogunlewe in fourth.