Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
Munyai and Simbine on fire in Pretoria
Clarence Munyai smashed a long-standing national junior record and fellow sprinter Akani Simbine made history of his own in Pretoria on Saturday.
Munyai again displayed his immense potential, taking second place in the men’s 200m event in 20.10 at the Athletics Gauteng North league meeting hosted by Tuks.
The 19-year-old Rio Olympian bettered the SA Under-20 mark of 20.16 which had been set by Riaan Dempers in Germiston in April 1995.
He also narrowly missed out on breaking the national junior 100m record of 10.19, grabbing second spot in the shorter event in 10.20.
Simbine was equally impressive, starting his season with a bang.
The 23-year-old Olympic finalist clocked 9.93 to secure victory in the 100m dash and went on to win the 200m in a personal best of 19.95.
His performance in the short sprint was 0.04 outside his own national senior record, and his half-lap time was 0.08 outside Anaso Jobodwana’s SA mark, as he clipped 0.21 off his career best.
He joined 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk as the only two South African athletes to have run under 10 seconds over 100m and 20 seconds over 200m.
* All national records are subject to standard ratification processes