Updated: August 13, 2016

Akani Simbine at last year’s World Championships

Akani Simbine was the star performer for Team SA in the early track and field session on Saturday, dominating his heat to progress to the penultimate round of the men’s 100m sprint at the Rio Olympics.

The national record holder won his heat in 10.14 seconds to book his place in the semifinals, set to be held on Sunday evening (local time).

Fellow sub-10 speedster Henricho Bruintjies was unable to challenge for a place in the next round, however, taking sixth position in his first-round race in 10.33.

Earlier, Tsholofelo Thipe was fourth in her heat in 52.80 and Justine Palframan ended seventh in her opening contest in 53.96, with neither athlete able to reach the semifinals of the women’s 400m event.

In the evening session on day two of the athletics competition, long jumpers Ruswahl Samaai and Luvo Manyonga were due to compete in the men’s long jump final and Stephen Mokoka was gearing up for the 10 000m medal contest.

World champion Wayde van Niekerk was preparing to line up in the men’s 400m semifinals, with fellow sprinter Carina Horn turning out in the penultimate round of the women’s 100m sprint, in an attempt to reach the final later in the session.

Rynardt van Rensburg was also in the line-up for the men’s 800m semifinals.