Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SIMBINE GEARS UP FOR DIAMOND LEAGUE
Olympic finalist Akani Simbine will lead a lone SA charge when he turns out as one of the favourites in the men’s 100m sprint at the 12th leg of the Diamond League series in Paris, France on Saturday night.
None of the four men who finished ahead of the 22-year-old South African in the short dash at the Rio Games last week will be in the French capital, but Simbine faces African champion Ben Youssef Meite of the Ivory Coast and local star Jimmy Vicaut, who finished sixth and seventh respectively in the Olympic final.
Vicaut, who clocked 9.86 in the nearby commune of Montreuil in June, is the only man in the Paris field this season to have run faster than Simbine’s national record of 9.89 set in Hungary last month.
The strong line-up, however, also includes Olympic 200m bronze medallist Christophe Lemaitre of France, in-form European champion Churandy Martina of the Netherlands, veteran Saint Kitts and Nevis speedster Kim Collins, the British duo of Chijindu Ujah and Joel Fearon, and American athlete Michael Rodgers, who holds the fastest personal best (9.85) in the line-up.
The meeting will be broadcast live from 8pm on SuperSport 2 and SuperSport 9, and Simbine is scheduled to compete at 9.51pm.