Blake cruises through to 100m final
Posted on 04/25/20 7:46 PM
Yohan Blake of Jamaica has cruised into the 100m final as fastest qualifier.Usain Bolt has given his old teammate Yohan Blake a direct instruction at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – “You’ve got to win.”
And the Jamaican has vowed anything is possible in his bid for gold as he qualified fastest for Monday’s 100m final with a scintillating 10.06 seconds in Sunday’s semi-final while still having “a lot more in the tank”.
“I feel good and I love to race on n soil because not many people can do it,” he said.
“But 10.06 was comfortable, anything is possible.”
The Olympic relay gold medallist qualified fastest ahead of Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands who ran 10.10 and Englishman Adam Gemili in 10.11.
He even emulated eight-time Olympic champion Bolt when he had time to look across at Gemili as he cruised to the line in their semi on the opening day of athletics competition at Carrara stadium.
“Usain’s good … he wants me to keep it basic, don’t think too much, just hold your head and get the job done,” added Blake.
“Usain told me, ‘Yohan, you’ve got to win or else you can’t go back home.”
England’s Asha Philip was fastest into Monday’s women’s 100m final with 11.21 which is shaping as a three way battle with Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaican Christania Williams.
Ugandan Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won the 5000m gold in a time of 13:50.83 ahead of Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed.
Giant Papua New Guinean weightlifter Steven Kari won his nation’s fifth-ever Commonwealth Games gold with a stirring victory in the 94kg class.
Kari was jubilant after smashing the 17-year-old Commonwealth record by six kilograms, lifting 216kg.
India’s Punam Yadav claimed the women’s 69kg gold.
England continued its class at the gymnastics with two gold from Georgia-Mae Fenton in the uneven bars and Courtney Tulloch in the men’s rings.
“It’s my mum’s birthday today and I was thinking about what I could get her as a present,” Fenton said.
“I thought, ‘Hey, let me do my best and see’. On a serious note, I am glad to be able to say that I am a Commonwealth Games champion. I gambled a bit to go win the gold medal.”
Shallon Olsen won Canada’s third gymnastics gold of the Games, with victory in the women’s vault, ahead of teammate Elsabeth Black and ‘s Emily Whitehead.
England has won four gold medals in the gymnastics with the prospect of at least three more on the sport’s final day on Monday.
In a David and Goliath netball result, Malawi managed to dispense with New Zealand. The Queens, who are ranked sixth in the world but haven’t beaten the Silver Ferns before stunned them 57-52 in their pool match.
Early on Sunday evening, topped the medal table with 23 gold, with England next on 17.