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Simbine becomes first SA male to win Diamond League 100m in Doha

MAY 6, 2017
Simbine becomes first SA male to win Diamond League 100m in Doha

South Africa's Akani Simbine stunned a world-class 100m sprint ine-up, when he beat the likes of Justin Gatlin, Asafa Powell and Andre De Grasse, to come first in season-opening 100m Diamond League in Doha on Friday evening (SA time).

Simbine streaked past the finish line with a time of 9.99s to become the first South African man to win a Diamond League 100m.

Jamaica's Powell, a former world record holder, finished second in a time of 10.08s, and Qatar's Femi Ogunode placed third in 10.13s.

Silver and bronze medallists in the Rio Olympics, America's Gatlin and Canada's De Grasse finished in at 4th and 5th respectively.

"I'm happy with my shape now, just to come up here and set a motivation for the rest of the season is what I was hoping for," said Simbine.

“Simbine’s performance signifies the hard and quality work that his coach has been doing behind the scenes in preparation for the international season," said Aleck Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa.

Meanwhile, fellow female South African track star, Caster Semenya, broke her season's best by more than four seconds and broke the Diamond League's record when she clocked 1:56.61 minutes to finish first in the 800m at the same Doha event.

Margaret Wambui of Kenya took second position in 1:57.03.