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Yohan Blake defeated by South Africa's Akani Simbine

PICTURED Akani Simbine and Yohan Blake at the Carrara Stadium during day six of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia

YOU MAY not be too familiar with the name Akani Simbine, but after yesterday's 100m final race at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, you certainly will.

The 22-year-old South African faced off against favourite Yohan Blake on Monday night (Apr 9), and took home the gold medal with a time of of 10.03 seconds.

His fellow South African, Henricho Bruintjies came in second at 10.17 seconds, just beating out Blake, who came third at 10.19 seconds.

Speaking after his win, Simbine said: "I came here wanting to be on the podium. I believed in myself, that I could get the gold medal."

Blake, who is tied with Tyson Gay as the second-fasted man in the world behind Usain Bolt, was heavily favoured to win the race.

"I'm a bit disappointed because I've been feeling good, I've been running good and I just didn't put the start together," Blake said after the race, expressing his disappointment. "I was all over the place."

Simbine and Bruintjies' performance was a triumphant finish to a successful day for South Africa, which won nine medals, bringing its total to 18.

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