AFRICAN AND Commonwealth Games champion, Akani Simbine, delivered in style on Thursday night, showcasing his fine form by charging to victory at the seventh leg of the Wanda Diamond League series in Rome, Italy.
Simbine won the men’s 100m race in 9.96 seconds, crossing the line just 0.04 outside the season’s best he set in Pretoria in March. Arthur Cisse of the Ivory Coast took the runner-up spot behind the South African star in 10.04.
“I feel like I executed this race really well,” Simbine said. “The last two races I struggled with my start, but not here, so finishing my season like this is great.”
In the 110m hurdles contest, African record holder Antonio Alkana finished seventh in 13.66.
Zane Weir also settled for seventh place in the men’s shot put with a best attempt of 19.43m.
The next leg of the Diamond League series, which was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, will be held in Doha, Qatar on 25 September.
“Well done to Akani, coach and support staff,” said Aleck Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa. “He has also begun to dip below the 10 seconds barrier and indicates the level of great form that he has achieved.”
Image ( African and Commonwealth Games champ Akani Simbine took on his rivals to clinch a victory in Rome, Italy last night).