There was a surprise one-two for South Africa in the men’s 100m final as Akani Simbine got gold in 10.03 (0.8) from Henricho Bruintjies with 10.17, while pre-race favourite Yohan Blake of Jamaica stumbled out the blocks and had to battle for bronze.
South Africa had never previously won a Commonwealth medal in the men’s 100m and Bruintjies said: “For a couple of years now, we’ve changed the game in South Africa.
“I’m just so happy because there’s a lot of guys coming up.”
Disappointed with his run, Blake said: “Maybe I was too confident and over thought it.
“I couldn’t catch the field as I wanted to. I was stumbling all the way and I didn’t recover from it. I’ve been feeling good and it was not to happen today.”
Adam Gemili had been due to contest the final for England but was forced to withdraw following an adductor injury sustained in the semi-final.