Akani Simbine suffers from amnesia after his gold medal in the 100m of the Commonwealth Games ... in a manner of speaking.
Despite Blake's blistering times in the lead up and suggestions he could go under 10 seconds in the final, Simbine knew he could upset the second fastest man in history. "I just didn't recover from it".
Blake, who qualified fastest in 10.06s, said: "I was supposed to win easily and I suppose I was too confident and maybe I over-thought it". "I felt lacking in confidence, like silver wasn't good enough but I know I did the best race I could".
"I believed in myself from the start of the race and I believed in what I could do and focusing on myself", Simbine said.
Usain Bolt joked that Blake may not be welcome home if he didn't win the title on the Gold Coast. "Well done @YohanBlake. Keep putting in the work".
"Being able to run in lane eight and lane nine with Henricho and placing first and second with him, it's really fantastic".
"I've never had a heat and a semifinal on the same day so it's unknown territory, but the main factor for me was to conserve as much energy as I could because I know the final is going to be a big thing", Simbine said.
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"I didn't focus on what they were all talking about".
"We are immensely proud of our achievement, it is the first Commonwealth Games for all four of us, and we are extremely happy with the silver medal", Kruger said.
South Africa's sprinting hero admits the last part of the race was nothing more than a blur.
Jamaica was also denied in the women's 100, with Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye taking the gold in 11.14, holding off Blake's teammate Christania Williams (11.21) and third-placed Gayon Evans. The South Africa flag-bearer, who will run in the 800, qualified fastest for today's final ahead of home runner Georgia Griffith (4:06.41) and Kenya's Mary Kuria.
Even with the absence of Wayde van Niekerk and reigning champion Kirani James, the men's 400 metres boasts quality and looks to be a battle between Botswana's flamboyant Isaac Makwala and Grenada's Rio Olympic finalist Bralon Taplin.
After crossing the line, the 31-year-old did two push-ups on the track to show his fitness and grinned at the TV camera. "Then I saw myself move on the stadium television screens and then I didn't see anyone else move and said, "I actually just won this race".
Meanwhile, Wales' Hollie Arnold added Commonwealth gold to her World and Paralympic titles in the F46 javelin in dramatic style, producing a world-record final throw to snatch victory from New Zealand's Holly Robinson.