Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SIMBINE BREAKS 10 SECONDS
Akani Simbine chopped 0.03 off his personal best on Wednesday night, becoming the second South African sprinter to dip under the 10-second barrier in the men’s 100m dash.
The 21-year-old Tuks speedster charged to victory in 9.99 seconds, running into a slight 0.2m/s headwind, at a European Classic Permit meeting in Slovenia.
He missed Simon Magakwe’s national record by 0.01.
Compatriot Henricho Bruintjies took second place in 10.15 and Gideon Trotter ended fifth in 10.61.
Meanwhile, Rynardt van Rensburg smashed his 800m career record by nearly a full second to qualify for the World Championships in Beijing next month, crossing the line in second position in 1:45.40.
Amel Tuka of Bosnia drew clear of the South African to secure victory in 1:44.19.
Maties sprinter Justine Palframan also grabbed second spot in the women’s 200m event in 23.36, edged out by Slovenian Maja Mihalinec who won in 23.22.
Ofentse Mogawane took fifth place in 45.63 in the men’s 400m race, again narrowly missing out the World Championships qualifying standard of 45.50.
World indoor champion Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic won a closely fought contest in 45.09, with all eight men in the field finishing within one second.