Glasgow 2014: results from day 5
Blessing Okagbare takes 100m gold, By Ben Bloom: www.telegraph.co.uk
The fastest woman in Africa is now the fastest woman in the Commonwealth. Blessing Okagbare backed up a series of scintillating runs at Hampden Park to claim a stunning Commonwealth Games 100 metres title ahead of Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart on Monday night.
The Nigerian, who had gone in as the pre-race favourite, stormed away from the field at the gun and beat off a dogged effort from Campbell-Brown to prevail in a Commonwealth Games record of time of 10.85 sec, almost two-tenths of a second ahead of the Jamaicans.
The final had long been earmarked as a battle between Okagbare and the Jamaican trio of Campbell-Brown, Stewart and Schillonie Calvert.
Sandwiched between the three of them in lane five, Okagbare’s bright dyed blonde hair seemed to be boldly taunting her rivals on the startline, acting as a beacon for them to chase. Catch me if you can.
The Nigerian had already marked herself out as an inconspicuous target earlier in the evening with an utterly dominant semi-final performance.
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In the Paralympic 100m T37 event, Fanie van der Merwe from South Africa took the gold medal and Charl due Toit, also from South Africa, took the silver.
In the women’s 100m T12 paralympic event, Maria Elisa Muchavo from Mozambique took the silver medal, and Lahja Ishitile from Namibia the bronze medal.
In the men’s triples of the Lawn Bowls, the South African team won a gold medal
Esmari van Reenen (SA) won the silver medal in the women’s trap event.
Cameron van der Burgh (SA) beats Adam Peaty to gold in men’s 50m breaststroke final
By Joe Sharratt, Reporter
South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh held off a late challenge from England’s Adam Peaty to claim gold in the men’s 50m breaststroke final.
Peaty, 19, was unable to add another gold to the 100m breaststroke gold he won on Sunday despite recovering from a poor start to push van der Burgh all the way to the finish.
“I look forward to competing with Adam more often. He’s giving the old man a chase for his money,” van der Burgh, 26, told the BBC.
“I remember the days when I was young and he’s fired me up. I’ve been complacent in the last two years.”
In 100m fly, Chad le Clos from South Africa won the gold medal.
In the men’s event, Nigerian team won the bronze medal.
In the women’s 69kg event Marie Fegue (Cam) and Itohan Ebireguesele (NIG) won the gold and silver medal respectively.