Magakwe fastest in SA

2009-03-15 19:32

Adnaan Mohamed - Son

Cape Town - He turned up at Saturday’s Yellow Pages South African Athletics championships in Stellenbosch with his clothes in a Shoprite Checkers carrier bag.

Former South African 800m champion, Hezekiel Sepeng, gave the unknown athlete from Central North West a pair of his spikes. Today Simon Magakwe can boast to be the fastest man in South Africa.

The 22-year-old athlete not only won the 100 metres in an IAAF 'A' qualifying standard of 10.21 seconds, but had to prove himself twice before the gold medal was officially his. His performance was good enough to book him a ticket to represent South Africa at the World Athletic Championships which take place in Berlin, Germany in August.

What makes the newly crowned sprinters' performance even more significant is that it was his second attempt at winning the 100m title on the same day.

Magakwe thought that he had won the gold medal when he crossed the line in a career best time of 10.32 seconds only to learn that, because of a false start by one of the athletes, the race was going to be re-run.

This did not deter him at all. He proved his superiority over the field when he blitzed to his winning time of 10.21 in the re-run beating  Free State's Thuso Mpuang (10.27) into second place. Mpuang’s time equalled the 'B' qualifying standard. Free State’s promising young runner, Kagiso Kumbane finished in third in 10.32.

According to Magakwe’s manager, Isaac Skweyiya, his charge has never even been to a gymnasium. To top it all he has also never received professional coaching as a sprinter.

“Simon has unbelievable raw talent. This is the fastest time ever to be run by a young South African athlete. Nobody expected this from him,” said a proud Skweyiya.

 “I am now going to leave it up to Athletics South Africa to assist Simon in getting the best possible coaching. He has tremendous potential. I am sure he can become the first SA athlete to run the 100m in under 10 seconds," he added.


  • Michael - 2009-03-16 07:18

    What a wonderful sight to see this young man win. Lets hope he gets best training available. He will run under 10 secs which is long overdue in our mens sprints. I am sure there is another Evet out there as well - the blond flyer was years ahead of her time plus Bothma in 400 hurdles. All we need is for some person on board to get of fat lazy behind and fetch these athletes from the 4 corners of SA and the gov to put maoney into aacadamy and we will have a worthy team for next Olympics.

  • Greg - 2009-03-16 09:54

    With ASA's track record... I won't be surprised to see him running for Bahrain in a few years time... they're useless!

  • thando - 2009-05-11 13:57

    This is a challenge to me because I am growing sprinter who is still looking for support.I'm only 20 years doing my first year at NMMU Saasveld cumpass.I currently using a training programme that has be proveded by Sport Management lecture:Mr de Swaart.LOOKING FORWARD SUPPORT

  • Roscoe Engel - 2009-07-09 21:44

    As a sprinter that has represented SA i have 2 say i am excited to see simon perform.i am also the cause of the re-run,dont worry simon already said thanx but not in a rude manner.I twitched in the blocks and this caused the commotion.I told myself god did it 4 a reason making simon 2 Qualify the second time.Hope simon can do SA proud.from Rosce Engel to those who know me!

  • stanley - 2009-07-29 08:07

    well done simon. i heard that this guy worked in a factory before sprinting proffessionally. this shows that south africa has a lot of undiscovered talent. athletics rsa is to blame!!!

  • lavine morgan - 2010-01-20 22:03

    awe,the guy u make me excited,but thatss cause im going to be ur next challenge,im proud of u,ad u proving to sa athletes that it is possible,and im am in the same shoes u were in.....cause i run a 10.8 on a good day meet up when we do and make us proud man......lavine morgan

  • Ntsokolo Skweyiya - 2010-06-02 12:00

    This boy is a super star from no where im telling he is going fare watch him he will defend his title next year wash this space

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