SA athlete makes history

2012-12-12 22:43

Cape Town - Little known 19-year-old sprinter Akani Simbine has surprised the athletics fraternity by setting a new South African  junior 100m record.

According to the Beeld website, Simbine rewrote the record books for juniors by running 10.19 seconds over 100 metres at the Zone 6 event in Lusaka, Zambia. The previous record was 10.30, set by Wilhelm van der Vyver in 2008.

It is the third fastest time for junior athletes in the world this year, with only Britain's Adam Gemili (10.05) and America's Aaron Ernest (10.17) posting better times in 2012.

What makes the achievement all the more remarkable is the fact that Simbine's previous best time was 10.55 seconds.

"It was one of the biggest surprises," said Danie Cornelius, the SA team's manager at the event.

Cornelius assured that the electronic time measuring equipment was "100%" accurate.

Simbine, who also took a drugs test after the race, himself admitted he was stunned by the result. "I'm still busy with by pre-season programme and I'm far from my best," he said.

He also won the 200m event in 20.68 on Wednesday.


  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2012-12-12 23:09

    Well done Akani, what makes it even more special is the fact that as a continent we have always struggled to produce genuine sprinters,

  • dbo.kacebisa - 2012-12-13 00:18

    Well done ntwana just keep it clean

  • piet.boerie - 2012-12-13 05:06

    Yep awesome well done young man now to break a world record. There is always a dunce somewhere on News24.

  • Papiki Hlahane - 2012-12-13 05:38

    bolt,here comes a new challenge.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-13 05:55

    Well done... may your future be bright and your ego small,.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-12-13 06:13

    That is a significant improvement over 100m. Hope he is clean.

  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-13 07:45

    Well done! Hope to see you at the next Olympics.

  • thelma.pottek - 2012-12-13 08:10

    Got Goosebumps when I read this! Well done! May this only be the beginning of big things for this youngster.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-12-13 08:20

    Well done boy! when u break a record, u get tested ,hope he s clean

  • dbo.kacebisa - 2012-12-13 11:27

    Thanks MagdaKus for bailing me out. I guess we all should be celebrating this young talent and pull together for the sake of our kids. Us as grown ups can hate each other bt when a young man/woman does great lets all rejoice.

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