Akani Simbine powers to a sizzling wind-aided 9.82 fastest times in the world this year
Akani Simbini has run the fastest time in the world under any conditions with a wind-aided 9.82 in the Semi-Finals of the South African Championships in Pretoria. It was the fastest he has ever run but the wind was above the +2.0 m/s limit as it was +2.8 m/s.
Simbini the reigning Commonwealth Games Champion holds the South African National record with a legit 9.89.
“I came to the national championships wanting to run fast. That is why I am happy with 9.82. The time is in the legs now. The challenge remains to keep on working to be faster. I want to end the South African season with a new personal best. It would give me confidence when I compete internationally,” he told his Tuks club website.
Simbini had clocked 10.11 in the heats.
Wind = +2.8
Place Performance Athlete Team
1 09.82 Q: SIMBINE – AKANI ATHLETICS GAUTENG NORTH
2 10.22 Q: MONARENG – THEMBO ATHLETICS GAUTENG NORTH
3 10.26 q: ENGEL – ROSCOE WESTERN PROVINCE ATHLETICS
4 10.27 -: RASAKA – KHUTSHO ATHLETICS GAUTENG NORTH
5 10.34 -: GALLANT – COHEN ATHLETICS SOUTH WESTERN DISTRICT
6 10.36 -: MWIMBA – OLIVER ATHLETICS GAUTENG NORTH
7 10.37 -: GAINES – MARK KWAZULU-NATAL ATHLETICS
8 10.52 -: SEPTOKELE – LEHLOGONOLO ATHLETICS GAUTENG NORTH
2018 April World Athletics News – Akani Simbine tames the Beast at the Commonwealth Games 100m (Video)
Apr 10, 2018
ARTICLE BY ANDREW PIRIE
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
Akani Simbine was the surprise winner of the Commonwealth Games Blue Rib-band 100m. Moving out fast in lane 8. Wedged between fellow South African Henricho Bruntjies and former world champion and race favorite Yohan Blake of Jamaica. The 24-year-old Simbine was out fast and took the victory in 10.03, the same time Asafa Powell ran in Melbourne in 2006. Akani Simbine holds a personal best of 9.89.
Henricho Bruntjies came in with silver in 10.17. With Blake who had a poor tactical race, and not his usual explosive start was lucky to salvage the bronze in 10.19. Blake had led the heats and had the fastest qualifier to the finals in 10.06 in the Semis. This was the first time the South African had two men in the finals since the 1930s. And it became more special when they took Gold and Silver.
“I placed fifth at the Olympics, fifth at the World Championships, but this is my first international title.” Said Simbine who said this is the highlight of his career
Adam Gemili of England withdrew leaving lane 6 separating the 3 eventual medalists from the rest of the field with a gaping hole between 4 and 3 runners.
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