On Monday, South African Sprinter, Akani Simbine broke a South African sprinting record in Hungary.
The runner participated at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial Track and Field competition in Budapest.
Akani was once an Information Science student at University of Pretoria. The talented sprinter has represented South Africa in several international competitions.
In 2015, the Johannesburg sprinting star recorded a winning time of 20.16 during the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. This revealed an improvement on his initial best winning record of 20.23.
Akani Simbine made a resounding history during the Istvan competition when he surpassed Jamaican sprinting super-champ, Asafa Powell.
He successfully made his win with a brand new record time of 9.89, while Powell finished second in a record time of 9.92. In other words, Akani just broke the national 100m men’s record. He also won the 200m race in Budapest.
“Another milestone accomplished and many more to come. Competing at this event was nothing but a blessing and I’m honored to have competed with guys I looked up to when I was younger.”
“Blessed with 2 new PBs in one day and a National Record (9.89 and 20.16). All Glory goes to the Man upstairs as He never fails to show me that He’s still got my back.”- Akani Simbine
Expressing his joy over the achievement and the task ahead, Akani’s coach had this to say:
“In the past the South African athletes were usually in awe when they lined up to race against athletes such as Usain Bolt or Justin Gatlin, but I think after Akani ran 9.89s in Budapest the tables could have been turned.”– Werner Prinsloo.
This is definitely good news for South Africa, his home country. It proves that South Africa has a perfect candidate who can effectively compete with the best of the bests from all round the world.
“I am sure the world’s best sprinters will not feel overly confident when Akani is also in the line-up. They now realise that there is a good chance that he could outsprint them.”- Prinsloo
Almost one year ago on the 9th of July 2015, Akani Simbine won a gold medal at the 2015 Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.
According to the sprinter who is giving South Africa hope at the upcoming Rio, his priority now is to qualify for the Olympic finals.