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24 Aug 2021
6:20 am

Encouraging signs for SA sprinters as under-20 relay team breaks world record

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South African sprinters Mihlali Xhotyeni, Sinesipho Dambile, Letlhogonolo Moleyane and Benjamin Richardson raced to a world record time of 38.51sec.

South Africa’s Akani Simbine (gold) celebrates with his flag after the athletics men's 100m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 9, 2018. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP)

On any other day, against any other team, Jamaica’s 4x100m under-20 relay team would have got an age group world record with their time of 38.61sec. Sadly for them, Mzansi was in the house (stadium) in Nairobi on Sunday at the Under-20 World Athletics Championships. South African sprinters Mihlali Xhotyeni, Sinesipho Dambile, Letlhogonolo Moleyane and Benjamin Richardson raced to a world record time of 38.51sec. The previous record was 38.62, held by the USA who set the mark in 2019. While it is true that one swallow does not a summer make and that it might be too early to...