By Chamu Wilson –
The Men’s 100m final at the on-going Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia today (Monday 09 April) turned into a South African affair with Akani Simbine and Henrico Bruintjies claiming first and second positions ahead of Jamaican Yohan Blake.
Simbine touched the rope in a time of 10.03 to bag Team SA’s 8th gold medal at this year’s games. His countryman, Bruintjies, crossed the line in a time of 10.17, marginally relegating Blake to third place.
The Jamaican clocked a time of 10.19, just 0.02 seconds behind Bruintjies.
Meanwhile, swimmer, Tatjana Schoemaker bagged her second gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games when she came first in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke event in a time of 1:06.41, smashing Penny Heyns’s record set in Australia in 1999.
Schoenmaker picked her first gold on Saturday in the 200m Breaststroke final.
Cameron van der Burgh added another gold to Team SA’s medal haul by coming first in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke event in a time of 26.48s.
Earlier today, the SA women’s fours bowls team of Esme Kruger, Nicolene Neal, Johanna Snyman and Elma Davis lost to Australia 18-16 in the final. This was SA’s second silver medal of the competition following Chad le Clos’s second position finish in the Men’s 100m Freestyle event on Sunday.
In the Men’s T38 100m final, sprinters, Dyan Buis and Charl du Toit clinched silver and bronze medals respectively.
Buis finished in a time of 11:33 seconds while Du Toit came third in 11:35 seconds.
South Africa is currently the leading African nation on the overall medals table standings and sits eighth in the world. Kenya is second in Africa but lies a distant 24th on the world stage with two medals to their name so far.