Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake has slammed world athletics chief Sebastian Coe for taking away track and field disciplines such as the 200 metres from next year's Diamond League - Poznan Grand Prix

Yohan Blake’s stumble cost him gold on Monday’s (9 April) second day of track and field action at the #GoldCoast2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Blake, who stumbled slightly out of the blocks, never recovered and had to settle for bronze in 10.19 seconds.

Akani Simbine led South Africa home to a 1-2 finish in 10.03. Henricho Bruintjies took the silver in 10.17.

The Caribbean’s other entrants in the field, Kemar Hyman of Cayman Islands, 10.21 and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Jason Rodgers, 10.24 were 5th and 6th respectively.

Silver and Bronze for Jamaica in women’s 100m

Christana Williams and Gayon Evans, both former Edwin Allen students, pocketed silver in 11.21 and 11.22, a personal best for the latter.

Williams, one of the pre-race favorites, never react to the starter’s gun quick enough and had to depend on her top end speed to take her home.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye won the gold medal, her country’s first in track and field at these games, in 11.14.

Natasha Morrison, the third Jamaican in the final, finished 5th in 11.31 while Trinidad and Tobago’s other finalists – Khalifa ST. Fort, 11.37 and Reyare Thomas, 11.51 are 6th and 7th respectively.

O’Dayne Richards 20.80m just missed out of the men’s shot put medals. The medals went to Tomas Walsh (NZL) 21.31m, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (NGR) 21.14 and Tim Nedow (CAN) 20.91.

Three Jamaicans – Javon Francis, 45.38 season best, Rusheen McDonald, 45.77 and Demish Gaye 45.85, advanced to the men’s 400m final.

Bralon Taplin of Grenada, winner of his semi-final heat, also made progress in 45.44.


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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