Akani shows Olympic medal fire burning bright


Akani Simbine showed that he is catching fire at the right time with his gold medal performance at the Diamond League event in China this past weekend; especially with the Olympics around the corner.

The 30-year-old South African took the 100 m laurels in front of the noses of respected rivals such as Christian Coleman and Fred Kerley.

Simbine came up with a brilliant final effort to win with a time of 10.01 s, followed by Coleman (10.04 s) and Kerley (10.11 s).

“This performance gives me a lot of confidence in the run-up to the Olympics. It undoubtedly gives you an injection of momentum and I hope that I can build on this as the season progresses,” said the South African 100 m champion.

According to Simbine, it is important not to be intimidated by a sprint star like Coleman.

“When you run against someone like Christian Coleman, you can only know that he will start very strong. You then just have to focus on your own run and not deviate from your plan.”

A few weeks ago, Simbine collected his national 100 m title for the umpteenth time when he also won the South African Championship in Pietermaritzburg with a time of 10.01 s.

According to the South African record holder – who will forget his spectacular run of 9.84 s in Hungary – he was satisfied with his runs in KwaZulu-Natal.

“Winning the title is something personal for me – after all, that’s why I’m here. You have to show the country and the world that you are still a force to be reckoned with.”

  • The Olympic Games are decided from July 26 to August 11 in Paris.