Not Usain Bolt, but Bailey-Cole wins the 100 sprint for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 03:30 pm
GLASGOW, Scotland - Kemar Bailey-Cole did his best Usain Bolt imitation on Monday at the Commonwealth Games.
It wasn't quite to the standard of his Jamaican teammate and training partner — world record holder and double Olympic sprint champion Bolt — but close enough for the 40,000-plus enraptured spectators at Hampden Park.
And a British sprinter — Englishman Adam Gemili — took the silver to add to the occasion.
Bailey-Cole won the 100 metres in a time of 10 seconds flat, well outside Bolt's world record of 9.58 set in Berlin nearly five years ago. Gemili finished second in 10.10, with Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica taking the bronze.
"It feels very good to have the spotlight on me once," Bailey-Cole said.
Bolt, meanwhile, is in the area. He tweeted a few pictures of himself training in Glasgow earlier in the day and is expected to race for the first time in 4x100-meter relay qualifying Friday ahead of Saturday's final.
He couldn't race in Glasgow in his individual 100 and 200-meter sprints in which he holds the world records because a left foot injury has kept him idle most of this season.
Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria won the women's 100, Sultana Frizell of Canada took gold in the women's hammer throw and O'Dayne Richards won the men's shot put.
On the second-last night of swimming, Olympic 200-meter butterfly champion Chad le Clos added the 100 to his earlier 200 at Glasgow, while countryman Cameron van der Burgh won the 50 breaststroke. Sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell and Emma McKeon were 1-2-3 for Australia in the women's 100 freestyle.
Here are some other highlights Monday:
ROYAL WATCH: The second in line to the British throne visited the games on Monday, and he brought along a few of his relatives. Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, watched gymnastics and boxing with William's younger brother Prince Harry. And Prince Edward, who is William and Harry's uncle and son of Queen Elizabeth II, brought his family to the table tennis competition. "It's a game that you need to sit close to in order to appreciate the speed and the skill," Edward said as he watched Nigeria beat India 3-1 in a team bronze medal match.
DAVID TAKES GOLD: World squash champion Nicol David of Malaysia, the gold medallist from New Delhi in 2010, successfully defended her women's singles title with a 12-10, 11-2, 11-5 win over Laura Massaro of England in just 44 minutes. There was a brief stoppage in play in the third game when Massaro was hit in the face by David's racket during a rally. Nick Matthew won the men's singles gold when he beat fellow Englishman James Willstrop 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5.
INDIA RULES: India won its fourth shooting gold medal of the Commonwealth Games when Jitu Rai took the 50-meter pistol event. Rai, ranked fourth in the world, broke the games record in the event. He finished ahead of countryman Gurpal Singh, with Daniel Repacholi of Australia earning the bronze. "The more calm I was, the better it would be for me, and in the end there was no tension or pressure at all," Rai said.
LOOKING AHEAD: On Tuesday, the swimming events conclude with the 1,500 metres and medley relays; on the track, the men's 110-meter hurdles and decathlon and women's 400- and 1,500-meter finals are held; and mountain biking makes its only appearance with golds to be contested in men's and women's cross-country races. The opening day of wrestling will feature 45-year-old Scottish twins Donna and Fiona Robertson, who are former games bronze medallists in judo — Donna won at Auckland, New Zealand in 1990; Fiona at Manchester.