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Record-breaking Simbine equals Bruintjies’ SA 100m mark
- Updated: July 9, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
It just gets better and better for South African athletics… Akani Simbine has joined housemate Henricho Bruintjies as national 100-metre record holder by winning the gold medal in a stunning time of 9.97sec at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Thursday.
Bruintjies had set the new mark in Switzerland just four days ago.
Now Simbine, the previous record holder at 9.99sec before Bruintjies blitzed to the best, has matched his mate!
Earlier in the day Simbine had broken a 28-year-old World University record with his 10sec dead in the semi-finals. It’s South Africa’s first medal at the 2015 version of the event.
All of which means is that in the space of an hour and 39 minutes, Simbine set a global university record and a South African record. Who ever said South African athletics was in the doldrums?
Twenty-one-year-old Simbine was a runaway victor in the final, the only athlete to go under 10sec, as runner-up Ashani Brown took silver in 10.12 seconds.
The old university mark belonged to American Lee McRae, set in Zagreb, Croatia at the 1987 World Student Games.
The new mark of 9.97 is the world’s 16th fastest time this year.
A surprisingly laid back Simbine said aftewards: ‘Im very happy with the run, you know I just kept focussed and told myself to get though all my phases and when I get to the 60m I know I’m going to power through. I just told myself to stay relaxed and get through the race, and I didn’t focus on the time much.
‘My goal was just to come here and go out win the medal and I did that.’
Bruintjies was one of the first to congratulate his Pretoria housemate: ‘That’s really great for the sport,’ he said as he was in the middle of a lengthy media session. ‘We don’t actually train together but hang out a lot and play video games etc but we obviously keep an eye on each other’s times!’
Meanwhile Ncincilili Titi improved on his time in the heat to top the second round qualifiers as he blasted through to the final with a time of 20.84sec. His first round heat was 21.03.
Not so lucky was team-mate Eckhardt Rossouw 21.97, which saw him finish last in the first of the second round heats.
And there was more good news for SA track and field as Justine Palframan powered her way to victory in the second semi-final of the women’s 400m.
She clocked a season’s best 52.23, which put her 0.32sec clear of Iveta Putalova which was a personal best for the Slovakia athlete. Palframan’s time is fastest into the final.
In late action, Anuscha Nice failed to make the final of the 800m event but she will take away the consolation of running a personal best 2min 03.65sec as she came fifth in her semi-final and it’s also the fastest time by a South African woman this year.
The women’s shot put final saw Ischke Senekal bringing up the rear with her 50.53m 12th best on the night.
Wrapping up the gruelling decathlon and SA’s Commonwealth Games competitor Fredriech Pretorius ended 11th with a season’s best 7174 points.
His second day disciplines were: 110m hurdles (15.22sec), discus (35.29m), pole vault (4.40m), javelin (56.47) and 1500m (4:52.45).
The men’s football side took the lead against Brazil in their quarter-final but were eventually ousted 2-1.
Midfielder Itumeleng Mogotsi opened the scoring for the South Africans in the 15th minute and they held that advantage until the 31st minute when Brazil equalised and it was midfielder Pedro Araujo Pinheiro’s 64th minute goal which sunk SA hopes.
Men’s golfing action saw SA’s best first round performer Teaghan Gauche having a day to remember as he carded and eight over par 80 to go with his first round 68.
Best SA finish was Jason Smith who shot a 74 while Andrew van der Knaap shot 76.
Combined scores saw Gauche lying joint 23rd after two rounds, 11 shots of Thailand’s Natipong Srithong.
In the team event, South Africa are 12th (150) as Korea lead with 136.