Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SIMBINE EQUALS SA RECORD AT STUDENT GAMES
Akani Simbine continued his steady improvement, storming to victory in the men’s 100m final as he equalled the national record at the World Student Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Thursday.
Simbine clocked 9.97 seconds in the final, finishing 0.15 clear of Jamaican silver medallist Kemarley Brown, to match Henricho Bruintjies’ SA mark set just four days earlier.
It was South Africa’s first medal, on the second day of track and field competition, at the Games.
“I’m very happy with the run,” said the Tuks/HBC sprinter.
“I just kept focussed and told myself to get through all my phases, and when I get to the 60 (metres mark) I know I’m going to power through.
“I told myself to stay relaxed and get through the race. I didn’t focus much on the time, I just told myself to go and win a medal. That was my goal.”
Fellow speedster Ncinci Titi also displayed fine form, clocking the fastest time (20.84) in the second round of the 200m event as he progressed to Friday’s semifinals, but compatriot Eckhardt Rossouw was knocked out ahead of the penultimate round, ending third in his heat in 21.57.
Justine Palframan continued the impressive showing by the SA sprinters, winning her 400m semifinal in 52.23 and progressing as the fastest qualifier for the final.
Elsewhere on the track, former 10 000m gold medallist Gladwin Mzazi took sixth place (in a huge 30-man field) in the men’s 25-lap race in 29:37.55.
Roelf Pienaar finished 10th in the men’s triple jump final with a best leap of 15.86m, and Fredriech Pretorius ended 11th in the gruelling two-day decathlon with 7 174 points.
Anuscha Nice ran the race of her life to finish fifth in her 800m semifinal in a personal best 2:03.65, but she missed out on a place in the final, while Mamphielo Sibanda settled for 11th place in her 5 000m heat in 17:48.35 and she was also eliminated.
Jon Seeliger (46.31) and Pieter Conradie (46.84) finished fourth in their respective 400m semifinals, and they too were unable to progress, along with 400m hurdlers Lindsay Hanekom, who was third in his heat in 50.36, and Leroux Hamman, sixth in his heat in 51.07.
* Results of finals are available in our Results section