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With best wishes from Bolt, Blake qualifies fastest for 100 final

With best wishes from Bolt, Blake qualifies fastest for 100 final

World athletics chief Sebastian Coe blasted the "obsession" with Usain Bolt as Yohan Blake kick-started track and field's new era without the Jamaican sprint king at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

Yet, last night a botched start saw Blake struggle to find his stride, giving up valuable ground to his competitors. "I'm a bit disappointed because I've been feeling good, I've been running good". "It was just never meant to be, I guess".

"It was a pretty easy race for me to win because I've been feeling good", said the 2011 world champion. "From here on I can just work for more podiums in the future".

The Jamaican, who spent much of his career in Usain Bolt's shadow, was poised to claim Gold after his compatriot retired from the sport a year ago. He said the sprint great, his former training partner, had texted him best wishes in the morning.

The path to gold was made smoother for Simbine when England runner Adam Gemili, a 4x100m relay gold medallist at the London world championships, pulled out before the final with a thigh injury.

"In the past when I competed at a major event I had a mindset of just wanting to get through each round".

Coe said there was no shortage of athletics talent for the Games, the first major competition since Bolts retirement past year left the sport with a void to fill. "Being able to run in lane 8-9 with Henricho, and placing first and second with him is unbelievable, " he said.

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"I'm not anxious", said Blake of Bolt's likely disappointment, in what was the first major championship since the sprint legend called time on his career.

England's Asha Philip was fastest into the women's 100m final with 11.21, followed by Christania Williams of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye.

The South Africa flag-bearer, who will run in the 800, qualified fastest for Tuesday's final ahead of home runner Georgia Griffith (4:06.41) and Kenya's Mary Kuria.

In semi-final one, Jamaican Natasha Morrison qualified by finishing second in 11.27 while Trinidadian Khalifa St Fort finished third but squeezed through to the final by virtue of her 11.35 which left her as one of the next two fastest qualifiers.

"It's my first global title and for me it's a milestone, a stepping stone towards the world championships, and the Olympics and more competitions and more worldwide competitions", said Simbine, adding he needed to call his mother watching back home in South Africa.

Glasgow silver medalist Nick Miller smashed the Games record and England's national mark with a throw of 80.26 meters to capture gold in the hammer ahead of Australian Matty Denny and Scot Mark Dry, who won bronze.

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