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Simbine takes second spot in Hengelo 100m dash
- Updated: May 25, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
National 100-metre champion Akani Simbine took second spot at the annual Fanny Blankers-Koen track and field meeting in Hengelo, Netherlands on Sunday.
Simbine clocked 10.12sec behind Britain’s Chijinu Ugha (10.09) while another Briton Adam Gemili was third in 10.19sec.
‘The race good, although I didn’t feel my start was as it should have been. Otherwise OK, and I’m pretty happy with where I’m at for this stage of the season,’ said Simbine.
South Africa’s next best performer was Commonwealth Games athlete Andre Olivier who ran a 1min 45.73sec for third in the 800, which is a qualifier for the world championships in Beijing later this year.
Marcin Lewandowski (Poland) took the line honours in 1:45.46.
‘It wasn’t the best of races for me but at least top three and the qualifying time for world champs in August,’ said Olivier.
‘I fly to the US on Tuesday for the weekend’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, my shape is very good, training has gone well, I just need to pull it off in the races now and I’m sure Eugene will go better. Eugene is always nice and strong, and happy to be running there, has always been a dream of mine,’ he told Road to Rio 2016.
‘Just a couple of races and we are good, and we need to remember its May, Worlds is only end of August.’
Two South African did duty in the 1500m with Johan Cronje seventh (3:36.34) and Elroy Gelant (3:37.97). He told Road to Rio 2016: ‘No, it didn’t go as planned, but I expected it… so missed the qualifying time by a bit. But I’ll take another week easy and then see what comes from it.’
In the field events, Orazio Cremona (Tuks/hpc) finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 19.50m. Jakub Szyszkowski (Poland) won with a distance of 20.42m.
Said Cremona: ‘Technically it just didn’t work out… I’m pretty much at a loss for words. I worked hard for it but maybe it’s just cos its the start of the season. Maybe it’ll come right after a few days rest and then I’ll get some good throwing in.’
Victor Hogan, who with Cremona was part of the SA team at last year’s Commonwealth Games, took fifth in the discus with a hurl of 62.21m.
Meanwhile in Dakar, Senegal, Henricho Bruintjies was SA’s best of the meeting, as he won the 200m in 20.71 at a World Challenge meeting. He also took third in the 100m (10.16).
Olympic 800m silver medallist Caster Semenya was fifth in the two-lapper (2:04.19).
Other results in Dakar were:
Rocco Engel (second in the 100m, 10.13)
PC Beneke (third in the 400m hurdles, 50.75)
Le Roux Hamman (fourth in the 400m hurdles, 50.87)
Shaun de Jager (fifth in the 400m, 47.13)
Julia du Plessic (seventh in the high jump, 1.75m).