South Africa's Akani Simbine dealt with the egos as he upset one of the biggest drawcards of the Commonwealth Games to take a shock gold in the men's 100m.
Title favourite and 2011 world champion Yohan Blake from Jamaica had a poor start but recovered well enough to take the bronze in 10.19. "It was a case of I will see what will happen if I get to qualify for a semi-final, and then I see what happens if I get to the final", Simbine said before the start of the Games. It was an easy race for me to win because I've been feeling good.
"I was stumbling all the way and I didn't recover from it".
Bruintjies came second behind Simbine and ahead of Jamaican Yohan Blake in a time of 10:17 to claim the silver medal, while Blake finished third in a time of 10:19.
Jamaican Blake - the 2011 global 100m victor whose personal best of 9.69sec remains the second fastest in history - had been heavily favoured but never recovered from a awful start.
Blake, Bolt's long-time understudy, qualified fastest for the men's 100 metres final as the athletics programme got underway, closely followed by Adam Gemili of England.
Last month, Bolt jokingly warned Blake there would be "problems" if he failed to win a medal at the games.
"Well done @YohanBlake. Keep putting in the work".
Blake said he would be going back to his base and get back to training for the season.
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But, in cool conditions at the Carrara Stadium, Simbine stormed up lane seven to claim victory in 10.03 seconds. "This morning he messaged me on Instagram and said 'I believe in you.'" He added: "I$3 just come here and get the job done".
"Being able to run in lane eight and lane nine with Henricho and placing first and second with him, it's really awesome. I want to make South Africa proud".
Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye triumphed in the women's race, her first gold medal at a major global meet. Tallent, who is married to 2012 Olympic race-walking champion Jared Tallent, burst into tears after being shown a third red card for a technical infringement.
Bolt retired at last year's World Championships in London, leaving a vaccum in the dope-tainted athletics arena that would be hard to fill in near future.
After crossing the line, the 31-year-old did two push-ups on the track and grinned at the TV camera.
The 40-year-old was leading the women's +90kg category when she attempted Games-record snatch of 132kg, only for her left elbow to give way under the weight.
Ahye is the second athlete from her country to take gold in the event, after Ato Boldon, victor of the men's race at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Games, with a record time of 9.88s.
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