• South Africa's sprinter Akani Simbine joins sub 10 second 100m club

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South Africa's Akani Simbine broke the 10 second barrier in 100m for the first time in his career at the 20th European Athletics Classics Meeting in Slovenia on Wednesday (1).

The 22-year-old Simbine won the 100m event in a new personal best time of 9.99 seconds becoming the 103rd sprinter to go under 10 seconds.

He is also the second fastest 100m runner in South Africa behind national record holder Simon Magakwe who ran 9.98 seconds last year. 

“For me being a good sprinter is all about consistency. This means that I do not chase fast times any longer, but rather focus on making sure that I do the small things right. This means that I focus on running the perfect race. I am still under pressure, but I do not allow it to ‘sit on my shoulders’,” said Simbine

 Results 100m men (Top 4)

1 Simbine Akani RSA 1993 9.99
2 Bruintjies Henrico RSA 1993 10.15
3 Hyman Kemar CAY 1989 10.28
4 Skyers Roberto CUB 1991 10.34

In the men's 400m race European and world indoor champion Pavel Maslak of Czech Republic set his seasons best time of 45.09 for the win.

Tuka Amel of Bosnia and Herzegovina surprised every one by winning the men's 800m race in a massive  PB of 1:44.19 ahead of Ryhnardt Van Rensburg of South Africa, who finished after 1:45.40.

World and Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic of Croatia won the women's discus throw competition with a mark of 67.23. 

See full meeting results here>>

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