Watch: Akani shows heels for Olympic champion

Henry

It was a rainy day in Norway, but South Africa’s athletic stars shone like diamonds in the Oslo sky on Thursday.

In the 100 m run of the Diamond League meeting in the Norwegian capital, Akani Simbine showed heels for Marcel Jacobs – the Olympic champion.

Simbine won the event in an excellent time of 9.94 s, followed by Abdul Hakim, Sani Brown (9.99 s) and Emmanuel Eseme (10.03 s).

Jacobs was fourth with his time of 10.04 s.

“I am very satisfied with my performance, but hard work still lies ahead. Hopefully there will be many more highlights as we build up to the Olympics in Paris,” said Simbine.

The 30-year-old flash also wore his jet shoes in Atlanta a few weeks ago when he shone with a time of 9.90 s against respected opponents such as Ferdinand Omanyala and Kendal Williams.

“I wanted to win in Oslo and I did it. Winning always helps one’s self-confidence in the run-up to the Paris Games.”

For her part, Prudence Sekgodiso started well and finished excellently in her 800m run. The young South African won the event with a time of 1:58.66 min. won.

Sekgodiso, who ran the fastest 800 m time in Morocco, fended off a strong final effort from Natoya Goule-Toppin in Oslo to walk away with the laurels.

“I just gave my best now. I am happy that I am reaping the fruits of my hard work and things are looking promising with the Games around the corner,” she said.

Adriaan Wildschutt did indeed finish 13th in the 5,000 m event, but he improved the South African record with his time of 12:56.67 min.