• Simbine smashes South African 100m record; Rudisha sets 800m world lead

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South African sprinter Akani Simbine broke the South African 100m record, while David Rudisha set a new 800 world lead in Budapest, Hungary on Monday night at the 2016 Gulyai Istvan Memorial.

Simbine, who won the race in 8.98 seconds beat into second  Jamaican sprint star Asafa Powell (9.92). The South African shaved 0.07 from his own national record he set this year in April.

The 22-year-old Simbine was not done yet as he returned to track about 30 minutes later to win the 200m in 20.16 seconds ahead of American Isiah Young. 

The 2-time Olympic and World Champion David Rudisha of Kenya clocked  a world leading 1:43.35 to claim a confident victory in the men's 800m. Second and third position in the men's 800m was also taken by Kenyan runners as Jonathan Kitilit (1;44.16) and Nicholas Kipkoech (1:44.90) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. 

Elsewhere on the track; Bahama's  2007 world champion Donald Thomas cleared massive 2.37m  to set a new personal and 2016 world #4 . His previous best mark was 2.33m he had cleared on several occasions over the past year. 

 Grenada's Olympic champion Kirani James returned to competition after a 6 week break to win the men's 400m clocking 44.60m seconds, while Jamaica's Veronica Campbell Brown stormed to a victory in the women's 200m in 22.52  seconds. 

World indoor champion Francine Niyonsaba prevailed in the women's 800m in 1:59.84 over American Molly Ludlow 1:59.99. 

Olympic champion New Zealand's Valerie Adams took the women's shot put in new  season's best performance of 20.19m.

Watch Men's 100m Race here.

Watch Men's 800m race here.

See full meet results here>>

 

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