Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SIMBINE SETS SIGHTS ON STUDENT GAMES
Displaying spectacular form on the eve of the World Student Games, sprinter Akani Simbine has now shifted his focus towards the university showpiece in Gwangju, South Korea.
All eyes will be on the 21-year-old speedster at the biennial Games after he dipped under 10 seconds for the first time in Slovenia on Wednesday night, clocking 9.99 to miss Simon Magakwe’s national 100m record by 0.01.
“I’m pretty shocked that I was running into a headwind (-0.2m/s) and still ran nine seconds, which is good,” Simbine said on Thursday.
“I’m pretty happy with my race, being able to put my phases together and get everything right.
“I’m really relieved that I got out there and did what I said I was going to do by running under 10 seconds in Europe.”
Determined to succeed in Gwangju, Simbine confirmed he would be concentrating on the short sprint and the 4x100m relay, giving the half-lap event a miss at the multi-sport spectacle.
“The World Student Games will be my next competition, and I’ll be focussing on the 100m,” said the High Performance Centre athlete.
“I’m only going to do the 200m again later in the season, going into the World Championships (in Beijing next month.”
While Simbine said he was “happy and relieved” to dip under 10 seconds ahead of the Games, and was confident he could go even quicker this year, he was not putting himself under pressure to do so in Gwangju.
“I’m most definitely planning to run sub-10 but I’m not going to focus on it.
“Now that I’ve got it, I’m just hoping to go faster as the season progresses.”
The 28th edition of the international multi-sport spectacle starts this weekend.
Three of the sport codes kicked off on Thursday and the 28th edition of the Games officially gets under way with the opening ceremony on Friday.
There is a short wait for athletics fans, however, with the five-day track and field competition starting next Wednesday.