On sil­ver

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - OCK­ERT DE VIL­LIERS

CLINCH­ING a qual­ity set of sil­ver medals in the 100m and 200m in Bu­dapest, South African sprint­ing sen­sa­tion Akani Sim­bine is show­ing good form in the buildup to the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don next month.

Get­ting a taste of what he would face in the Bri­tish capita, Sim­bine will again line up in the short sprint in Lau­sanne in two days’ time.

Dip­ping be­low 10 sec­onds for the 14th time, Sim­bine dis­played his world-class form just 0.01 be­hind for­mer world cham­pion Justin Gatlin of the US. Gatlin crossed the line in a time of 9.98 sec­onds.

Gatlin’s coutry­man, Isa­iah Young rounded off the podium in a time of 10.10 with for­mer South African record-holder Hen­ri­cho Bru­in­tjies just miss­ing out on a medal in fourth.

Sim­bine beat Gatlin at the start of the in­ter­na­tional sea­son when he fin­ished ahead of the Amer­i­can at the Doha Di­a­mond League in May.

Sim­bine added an­other sil­ver later in the evening when he fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Isiah Young of the US in the 200m race.

Young raced to a sea­son’s best of 20.14 with Sim­bine dip­ping for a time of 20.21 ahead of Amer­i­can Dedric Dukes in third place with 20.44.

Sim­bine’s sea­son’s best time of 9.92 in the 100m is the third fastest this sea­son.

Demon­strat­ing why he is cur­rently ranked as the sec­ond best long jumper this sea­son, Ruswahl Sa­maai leapt to vic­tory in a new meet record of 8.34m.

Sa­maai pro­duced an im­pres­sive se­quence of jumps as he landed over 8.20 me­tres on five of his six at­tempts on the evening.

The jumper will take some con­fi­dence out of his vic­tory beat­ing Olympic cham­pion Jeff Hen­der­son of the US.

Bei­jing Olympic sil­ver medal­list Khotso Mokoena nar­rowly missed out on a podium place with his best leap of 7.95m.

Sa­maai’s per­sonal best of 8.49m is still the sec­ond best jump this sea­son be­hind pace-set­ting com­pa­triot Luvo Many­onga with his world lead of 8.65m.

South African women’s 100m record-holder Ca­rina Horn fin­ished in fourth in her spe­cial­ist event, clock­ing 11.21 with Alyssa Con­ley fin­ish­ing two places adrift with a sea­son’s best of 11.41. Nige­rian Bless­ing Ok­ag­bare raced to vic­tory in a time of 11.11.

Fe­male long jumper Lynique Prinsloo wrapped up the evening in sixth place with her 6.34m. Bring­ing the South African con­tin­gent’s evening to a close, mid­dle-dis­tance run­ner Ja­cob Ro­mani fin­ished the men’s 800m race in eighth po­si­tion in a time of 1:47.27.

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