Elaine Thompson-Herah finally wins Commonwealth Games gold in 100 meters

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah won her first 100m title at the Commonwealth Games as Daryll Neita’s challenge failed.

The 30-year-old ran in 10.95 seconds, while England’s Neita only managed to get bronze after a shocking start.

Thompson-Herah of Jamaica had never won an individual Commonwealth Games title despite having won five Olympic golds.

“I feel good, I could have had a better run, but I’m still grateful to win my first Commonwealth title,” she said.

Elaine Thompson-Herah won gold (Mike Egerton/PA)

“I started as a rookie in 2014. Then I finished fourth in 2018 in the 200m. Now I’ve switched to a gold, so I’m grateful.”

She was the only one of Jamaica’s all-star trio to compete with 200m world champion Shericka Jackson and 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce skipping the Games after last month’s World Championships in Eugene.

Thompson-Herah won the 100m bronze behind her teammates in Oregon and was the star in Birmingham, with England’s Dina Asher-Smith out with a hamstring injury.

That meant Neita, who reached the Olympic finals last year, was expected to be Thompson-Herah’s main rival and the British champion broke her personal best to run 10.90 seconds in the semifinals.

But she only managed to run 11.07 seconds in the final after a horrible start and also finished behind St Lucia’s Julien Alfred.

Fernando Omanyala

Ferdinand Omanyala won the men’s 100 meters final (Mike Egerton/PA)

“I was disappointed. I’ll come back, watch with my coach, analyze him, get scolded, beat myself up”, said Neita.

“It shows that my grip is phenomenal, but I can’t run 10.90 in the semi and then 11.07 in the final. Not good enough.

“It’s frustrating because I was able to win and I was really disappointed. I’m racing one of the fastest women of all time, the competition was high but I could have done better.

“One thing about me is that I’m able to turn every negative thing into a positive. I will use this building for the next thing.”

In the men’s race, Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala won the title by 10.02 seconds ahead of defending champion Akani Simbine.

Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon won bronze, while England’s Netaneel Mitchell-Blake suffered an apparent hamstring injury and finished last.

Omanyala overcame the disappointment of last month, when he had visa problems before the World Championships and only arrived in the United States hours before his 100m heat, before being eliminated in the semifinals.

“I came here for the sole purpose of winning the gold and in the final it was a case of controlling the race from the start,” he said.

“When I got off to a good start, I knew I would win gold. When I crossed the line, I felt like jumping for joy.”

Scotswoman Eilish McColgan won gold in the 10,000m in a Games record of 30 minutes and 48.60 seconds, echoing her mother Liz, who won the race in 1986 and 1990.

Eilish McColgan

Eilish McColgan followed in her mother Liz’s footsteps (Mike Egerton/PA)

It was his first major title defeating Kenya’s Irene Cheptai after a long-running duel.

She said: “It was a year of ups and downs. But I knew the aptitude was somewhere inside of me. Having my family here and the crowd here. It was vibrating throughout my body. I just wanted so much.

“I knew that Kenyans were super strong and would blast. But you can see that in the last 100m I wanted gold. It’s an absolute dream. It’s so special to have him here in the UK.

“This is my fourth Commonwealth and I’ve always come in sixth. I was ready to win the medal.”

Early in the morning session, Matt Hudson-Smith made it through the first round of the 400m at Alexander Stadium.

The Wolverhampton-born athlete took bronze at the World Championships in Eugene last month and won his heat in 46.26 seconds.

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