Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
8 Mar 2016
8:33 pm

Simbine breaks SA 100m record

Wesley Botton

Sprint sensation Akani Simbine got his 2016 season off to a spectacular start on Tuesday night, setting a new SA record in the men's 100m dash at the opening leg of the ASA Nite Series in Pretoria.

Akani Simbine. Photo: Roger Sedres/Gallo Images

The 22-year-old speedster charged to victory in 9.96 seconds, chopping 0.01 off the previous national mark he had shared with training partner Henricho Bruintjies.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Simbine, who narrowly missed out on a place in the final at last year’s World Championships.

“It’s my first race of the season so I’m surprised with my shape, but I’m excited about where I am now.

“I just hope I can build on this.”
Simbine felt he could have gone even quicker at the high-altitude Pilditch Stadium, after a relatively sluggish start.

“The first phase was not as good as it could have been, but from the 40m mark everything came together,” he said.
Simbine confirmed he would turn out next in the Gauteng North provincial championships this weekend.

“I haven’t decided yet, but I might focus on the 200m just to get one in my legs.”