GLASGOW, Scotland, (CMC) – Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole said he felt under no pressure as he stormed to victory in the men’s 100 metres at the Commonwealth Games on Monday.
The 22-year-old recovered from a poor start to produce a late charge and win gold in ten seconds flat, ahead of Great Britain’s Adam Gemili who was second in 10.10, with Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade securing bronze in a time of 10.12 seconds.
“I didn’t feel any pressure, I just went out there and executed my own race, but it wasn’t that perfect,” Bailey-Cole said afterward.
“I just came out here relaxed because if you run with tension you won’t get your results.”
Bailey-Cole was away slowly to trail through the first 30 metres as Gemili showed early promise to lead, and Barbadian Ramon Gittens and Bahamian Warren Fraser also threatened from the inside lanes.
However, Bailey-Cole accelerated through the mid-way point, hauling in the leaders to reach the finish as a clear winner.
He conceded his start had not been the best but said he managed to hold it together.
“Even if I didn’t get the right start, I held my composure and drove right through,” he noted.
Antoine Adams of St Kitts and Nevis finished fourth in 10.16 seconds while Jason Liverpool of Jamaica was sixth in 10.18. Fraser (10.20) and Gittens (10.25) faded badly to finish seventh and eighth respectively.
In the women’s final, Jamaican Veronica Campbell snatched silver and compatriot Kerron Stewart, bronze, as Nigerian Blessing Okagbare dominated to win in 10.85 seconds.
Campbell-Brown clocked 11.03 while Stewart was timed at 11.07 seconds.
Another Jamaican, Christina Day, nailed semi-final two in 51.02 seconds, with Bahamian Shaune Miller finishing second in 51.58, to also qualify.