Glasgow: Kemar Bailey-Cole maintained Jamaica's 100m men's supremacy in the absence of illustrious teammate Usain Bolt at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, but Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare spoiled their hopes of a sprint double.
Kemar Bailey-Cole (centre) crosses the line to win gold. Pic/Getty Images
The 22-year-old Bailey-Cole came back from a poor start to power through in 10.00 seconds, with England's Adam Gemili just edging out Nickel Ashmeade to take second in 10.10secs. Bolt, a six-time Olympic medallist and double sprint world record holder, will only compete in the 4x100m in Glasgow.
"It means a lot because it's my first individual medal at a championship. It's just the start of the individual medals," Bailey-Cole said. "The aim was to come out here and win and I did just that. I said to myself 'these guys can't beat me'."
Bolt wishes Bailey-Cole
Bolt congratulated Bailey-Cole on his victory. "TeamJamaica all the way .. congrats @KemarBaileyCole #Glasgow2014 #gold," tweeted Bolt.
But there was no Jamaican double joy in the women's 100m as 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. Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown settled for silver.