Simbine and Semenya triumphant in Doha

Updated: May 5, 2017

‚ÄčAkani Simbine and Caster Semenya opened their international campaigns in fine style in Doha on Friday night, earning convincing victories at the first leg of the IAAF Diamond League series.
Simbine secured his maiden Diamond League win against a quality men’s 100m line-up, charging across the line in 9.99 seconds.
Former world record holder Asafa Powell finished second in 10.08, with pre-race favourites Justin Gatlin of the United States and Andre de Grasse of Canada both missing the podium.
Semenya was also in good form, proving she would again be the athlete to beat in her specialist 800m event this year.
The national record holder took control of the race on the final bend and drew ahead to win in 1:56.61, breaking the meeting record and shattering her season’s best by more than four seconds.
Margaret Wambui of Kenya took second position in 1:57.03.
In the men’s 400m hurdles race, LJ van Zyl overcame a poor lane draw to grab third spot in 49.49.
While Abderrahaman Samba of Qatar won convincingly in 48.44, Van Zyl did well to pace himself from lane eight.
Cornel Fredericks, the only other SA athlete competing in Doha, took fifth place in the one-lap race over the barriers in 49.99.
The second of 14 legs in the annual IAAF Diamond League series will be held in Shanghai on May 13.