Yohan Blake stamped his class on the men’s 100m opening rounds at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium in Australia.
However, while Blake went through the day as the fastest sprinter, his Jamaican teammates – Oshane Bailey, 10.32 and Nigel Ellis, 10.38, failed to make the final cut.
Blake, the 2011 World 100m champion, who ran 10.15 in the heats, trailed in the early stages of his semi-finals before dominating the last half and rapped up victory in 10.06.
Adam Gemili of England took the second automatic spot in 10.11.
Kemar Hyman of Cayman Islands, who won his semi-final in 10.10secs, also easily took his spot in Monday’s final.
The only other Caribbean athlete to make headways is St. Kitts and Nevis’ Jason Rodgers, who was fast out of the blocks in Blake’s semi-final, hang on with 10.21 to secure for himself one of the fastest losers spots.
Trinidad and Tobago’s pair of Emmanuel Callender, 10.54 and Keston Bledman, 10.30, along with Warren Fraser of Bahamas, 10.44, Antigua and Barbuda’s Cejhae Greene, 10.39,, Gayanese Emanuel Archibald, 10.46, Jason Rodgers of St. Kitts and Nevis, 10.21 and Ramon Gittens of Barbados, 10.44 failed to make the final cut.
On the women’s side, all three Jamaicans, Christania Williams, Natasha Morrison and Gayon Evans are into the final of the women’s 100m dash.
Williams won semi-final 3 in 11.22 ahead of Reyare Thomas of Trinidad and Tobago, 11.36 for the two automatic qualifying places.
Evans, 11.37 was second to Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, 11.25 while Morrison, 11.21 finished behind England’s Asha Philip, 11.21, all securing their places in the final.
Khalifa ST. Fort of Trinidad and Tobago, 11.35, BVI’s Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, 11.60, Shenel Crooke of St. Kitts and Nevis, 11.69 and V’Alonee Robinson, 12.09 were Caribbean semi-final causalities.
The women’s 100m final is set for 6:50am and men’s showdown at 7:15am Monday Jamaica time.
In the men’s 400m opening round, Bralon Taplin of Grenada ran the day’s fastest time of 45.11 to book his semi-finals spot.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio, 45.68 finished ahead of Jamaica’s Javon Francis, 45.68 as both made progress.
Jamaicans Demish Gaye, 45.70 and Rusheen McDonald, 45.99, along with Renny Quow of Trinidad and Tobago, 46.42 and Gayanese Winston George, 46.92 did what they had to do to take their semi-final places.
Warren Hazel of St. Kitts and Nevis, 46.83 qualified as one of the fastest losers, so too Michael Mathieu of Bahamas with 46.97 and Grenada’s Royan Marcelle, 46.78