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Simbine keeps it simple after his sub-10 second dash
- Updated: July 2, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
The sub-10 second barrier box has been ticked off but South Africa’s fastest man of the moment refuses to drift off course.
Akani Simbine blitzed a 9.99 finish over 100-metres in Velenje, Slovenia on Wednesday night but is not allowing himself to get carried away with excitement.
Asked whether it was something of a relief to finally join the elite sub-10 second club, he told Road to Rio 2016: ‘Yeah it is but I never doubted it happening… I just had to stay focused on the plan and the goal.
But what exactly is that plan and goal? ‘Hopefully, to go out and keep doing my best!’
Next up for Simbine will be the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea which swing into action on Friday. And what’s the Pretoria pocket rocket looking for in South Korea?
‘I want to medal at students that’s for sure and take that form into World Championships and just gas it there…’
He certainly has specific times but as is usually the case, is keeping his cards close to his chest. ‘Yeah I have my time goals for later but but that’s for me to know right now. I won’t talk times but faster than this most definitely.’
Being part of the nine-second club will mean more focus on him at World Championships in Beijing, China next month.
And he knows that’s going to be one of the biggest stages of them all. At the previous world championships in Moscow, Russia two years ago, Simbine failed to go beyond the heats and 10sec dead was the slowest qualifying time to make the final, eventually won by Usain Bolt in 9.77sec from Justin Gatlin (9.85) and Nesta Carter (9.95).
Asked what time would ensure a podium finish this time out, Simbine reckons 9.90 will be there or thereabouts.