Any hopes of seeing Rio Olympics 100-metre finalist Akani Simbine up against world champion Justin Gatlin on South African soil have been given a false-start.
Olympic champion and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk fired a crackerjack shot across the bows of any would-be pretenders to his World Championship 400m crown in Switzerland on Thursday night, writes MARK ETHERIDGE.
South Africa’s golden boy of the track, Wayde van Niekerk, added another South African record to his collection in Kingston, Jamaica, late on Saturday night. MARK ETHERIDGE reports.
Being one of the trailblazers of South African athletics seems to come naturally to Akani Simbine.
By Mark Etheridge National champion and record-holder Akani Simbine became the first South African to win a Diamond League 100-metre sprint when he beat an impressive field in Doha, Qatar on Friday evening.
Led by Akani Simbine, sprinters were the star performers on Friday, setting an explosive start on the first of two days of competition at the ASA Athletics Championships in Potchefstroom.
Olympic medallists Caster Semenya and Sunette Viljoen opened their 2017 seasons with convincing victories in the third leg of the ASA Speed Series at Kenneth McArthur Athletics Stadium in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.