Akani Simbine finished second in 10.12 seconds in the 100 metres at the Fanny Blankers-Koen meeting in Hengelo, The Netherlands. Chijindu Ujah (Great Britain) won in a time of 10.09s and Adam Gemili also from Britain was third in 10.19s. Before his departure to Hengelo, the Tuks/HPC athlete said that at first his main goal for the season was to break 10 seconds: ‘However, when I started competing, I had second thoughts and changed my goal to focusing on running the perfect race instead. I reckoned that if I managed to run the perfect race, sub-10 seconds would happen automatically. It is just a matter of when. For me being a good sprinter is all about consistency. This means that I do not chase fast times any longer, but rather focus on making sure that I do the small things right. In other words I focus on running the perfect race. I am still under pressure, but I don’t allow it to ‘sit on my shoulders.’
Simbine who ran a time of 10.02s at last year’s national championships. Marcin Lewandowski (Poland) won the 800m in 1:45.46 with South Africa’s André Olivier finishing third in 1:45.73. Orazio Cremona (Tuks/HPC) finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 19.50m.
Jakub Szyszkowski (Poland) won with a distance of 20.42m. Other South African who were in action at Hengelo are: Johan Cronjé (seventh in the 1500m – 3:36.34); Elroy Gelant (eighth in the 1500m – 3:37.97); Victor Hogan (fifth in the discus – 62.21m). Meanwhile, Henricho Bruintjes won the 200m in 20.71s at the IAAF World Challenge-meeting in Dakar and was third in the 100m in a time of 10.16s.
Other South African athletes who were in action in Dakar were: Rocco Engelbrecht (second in 100m – 10.13s); PC Beneke (third in the 400-hurdles – 50.75s); Le Roux Hamman (fourth in the 400-hurdles – 50.87s); Shaun De Jager (fifth in the 400m – 47.13s); Caster Semenya (fifth in the 800m – 2:04.19); Julia Du Plessis (seventh in the high jump – 1.75m). Elsewhere, on Saturday, at the ASA meeting at the Green Point Stadium, Rocco Van Rooyen (WP) made sure to qualify for the World Championships in Beijing with a winning throw of 85.39 metres in the javelin. Marius Corbett (88.75 metres – 1998), Tom Petranoff (87.26 metres – 1992) and Robert Oosthuizen (86.80 metres – 2008) are the only South Africans to have thrown further.
Photo credit: Reg Caldecott