Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
18 Jul 2016
6:54 pm

Simbine breaks SA 100m record

Wesley Botton

He clipped 0.07 off his own previous national mark of 9.96 set in Pretoria in March.

Akani Simbine of South Africa in the mens 100m final during the afternoon session on day 2 of the CAA 20th African Senior Championships at Kings Park Athletic stadium on June 23, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Akani Simbine shattered his own national record in the men’s 100m sprint at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial meeting in Budapest, Hungary on Monday evening.

The 22-year-old speedster, who reached the 100m and 200m semifinals at last year’s World Athletics Championships in Beijing, won the race in 9.89, holding off former world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica by 0.03.

With the benefit of a legal +1.9m/s tailwind, he clipped 0.07 off his own previous national mark of 9.96 set in Pretoria in March.

The performance lifted him to fifth place in this year’s world rankings, one spot behind world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt, who holds a season’s best of 9.88.

Simbine went on to win the 200m contest in the Hungarian capital in a personal best 20.16, taking 0.07 off his previous career record over the half-lap distance.

American athlete Isiah Young finished second in 20.24.

In the form of his life, Simbine will join a strong SA sprint squad at next month’s Rio Olympics, spearheaded by 400m world champion Wayde van Niekerk.