CWG: Kemar Bailey-Cole Fills Usain Bolt Void in 100m, But Blessing Okagbare Ruins Double for Jamaica
Usain Bolt, a six-time Olympic medallist and double sprint world record holder, did not race in Jamaica's national championships which doubled as trials for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, and will only compete in the 4x100m relay.
Kemar Bailey-Cole made up for the absence of Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt by winning gold in the men's 100m at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, although there was no Caribbean delight in the women's sprint. (Highlights)
Bolt, a six-time Olympic medallist and double sprint world record holder, did not race in his country's national championships which doubled as trials for the Games in Glasgow, and will only compete in the 4x100m relay.
Bailey-Cole clocked 10.00sec in a close men's race, England's Adam Gemili claiming silver in 10.10sec, with another Jamaican, Nickel Ashmeade, taking bronze (10.12). (Medals tally)
But there was no Jamaican joy in the women's 100m as Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare produced a scintillating run to claim gold in a new Games record of 10.85 seconds.
For Okagbare, her victory was one step on her path to a Commonwealth treble as she also competes in the 200m and long jump.
The 25-year-old Nigerian, who won long jump silver and 200m bronze at the 2013 world championships, got off to a quick start in the women's 100m and maintained her form throughout to clock a Games record of 10.85sec.
Jamaican duo Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart took silver and bronze at Hampden Park in 11.03 and 11.07sec respectively.
"A new season's best and a win," said Okagbare. "I'm happy I was able to put on a show. I executed it and stayed patient like my coach said I should and after 70 metres it just felt easy!
"I still have the 200m and the long jump and I'm looking forward to both of those events now."
In the field, Canada's Sultana Frizell threw a Games record of 71.97m to comprehensively defend her hammer throw title, Julia Ratcliffe of New Zealand taking silver (69.96) and England Sophie Hitchon bronze (68.72).
New Zealand's Jacko Gill failed to translate his amazing youth and junior form into a first senior title in the men's shot put, finishing 11th (18.05m) in a competition won by Jamaican O'Dayne Richards in 21.61m, also a Games record.
Gill's teammate Tom Walsh took silver (21.19) and Canada's Tim Nedow bronze (20.59).
Canadian Damian Warner predictably took the overnight lead in the decathlon, finishing the first day of action on 4378 points, England's John Lane in second.
The reigning world bronze medallist produced a blistering 10.29sec in the opening 100m of the two-day 10-discipline event, earning himself a massive 1,025 pts to kick off his campaign.
Warner leapt out to 7.50m in the long jump, managed bests of 14.04m in the shot put and 1.96m in the high jump, before clocking 47.78sec in the 400m.
The second day of competition on Tuesday sees the decathletes compete in the 110m hurdles, pole vault, discus, javelin and 1500m.