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Simbine in seventh heaven with new SA record

Akani Simbine is in seventh heaven after smashing his own South African 100-metre sprint record by 0.07 seconds in Budapest on Monday night.
The Tuks/HPC athlete first shattered his record by winning in a time of 9.89sec and a few hours later won the 200m in a personal best time of 20.16 – both brilliant indicators of his form before he tackles the Rio Olympics next month.
It’s the second time this season that Simbine has set a new record over 100m. In March he ran 9.96 at Pilditch. But his latest performance comes at sea level and with his latest record performance he proved that he can be a definite medal contender at the Olympics in Rio. His time is the fifth fastest so far this season.
Justin Gatlin (USA 9.80), Trayvon Bromell (USA – 9.84), Jimmy Vicaut (France – 9.86) and Usain Bolt (Jamaica – 9.88) are the only athletes so far who have run faster times.
Asafa Powell (Jamaica), a former world record holder, was second in a time of 9.92 and Michael Rodgers (USA) third in 10.12.
Isiah Young (US) finished second in the 200m in 20.24s and Stefanos Tsakonas (Greece) third in 20.34s.
Werner Prinsloo, who coaches Simbine, described the night’s performances as ‘the cherry on top’.
‘At the moment I have no words to describe how I feel as coach. I never doubted that Akani is capable of running faster times, but it is simply amazing that all our hard work has now started to pay dividends.”
Prinsloo predicted last month already that it was just a question of time before Simbine will start running fast times.
Mark Etheridge writes that privileged to watch Simbine shatter the record was leading sprint coach Morne Nagel who coaches national 100/200m women’s champion Alyssa Conley, also in action on Thursday night.
‘Well it was unexpected from him or his coach and that’s how sprinting works,’ Nagel (pictured with Simbine after Thursday’s record)  told Road to Rio 2016. ‘It happens when it happens… he had a great start and was able to stay with them till the end. Because he is in good shape he managed to pull away the last 20m and the others were under stress.
‘He will surely go for a final now in Rio… anything’s possible.’
Speaking of Conley, who ran 23.22 for fifth behind Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown in 22.52, Nagel, a former SA sprint champion himself, said: ‘Alyssa ran well and we had two weeks of hard training so didn’t really expect anything. That’s it now before Rio, no more races, only training towards Rio.’
Also in action was Tuks/HPC athlete LJ van Zyl who ended second in the 400m hurdles in 49.78.
Ready for his third Olympics in Rio next month, he was hoping for another sub 49sec finish but as he explained to Road to Rio 2016: ‘ I hit the second hurdle badly. From there on I had to play catch-up and it went well. Time wasn’t great but I’m happy.
‘Luckily I didn’t injure the leg and warmed down well. I’m ready to race again in London on Saturday.’
Van Zyl also revealed the part he ‘played’ in room-mate Simbini’s success. ‘I was joking with Akani this morning. I asked him what his password was on his phone because I wanted to look at something. I made a joke about his password being 9898, meaning he’d run a 9.89. That’s the honest truth, Antonio Alkana was at breakfast when I asked him!’
The only other South African in action was Antonio Alkana, the 110m hurdler taking second spot in 13.44, behind Balazs Baji of Hungary (13.33).

One Comment

  1. Costino Ebna La-Hakim

    July 19, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Congratulations to Akani the man i call “Aricane” Simbine…..south Africans are like that actually,when we focus on what we can do we become the force to overcome!!…it reminds me Chad beating Greatest Olympian ever Michael phelps in 2012!!…stay humble and prayers will work with you!!

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