Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SIMBINE CLOCKS SEASON’S BEST
Akani Simbine made a superb international season debut on Thursday night, setting his fastest time of the year in the men’s 100m race at the Diamond League meeting in Rome.
The 21-year-old speedster, who was drawn in lane one, got off to a great start, and while he lost some ground in the middle stages, he fought back to end in a tie for sixth place in 10.08 seconds with American Deondre Batson.
Not only did he improve his season’s best, but Simbine clocked the fastest time ever run by a South African athlete at sea level.
American Justin Gatlin, trying to regain public favour after two doping bans, won the race in 9.75.
Rocco van Rooyen, the only other SA athlete taking part, ended seventh in the men’s javelin throw on his Diamond League debut, with a first-round heave of 80.33m.
World champion Viteszlav Vesely of the Czech Republic secured victory with a best throw of 88.14m, while Kenyan Julius Yego launched a new national record of 87.71m for second place.
The next leg of the Diamond League series will be held in Birmingham on Sunday.