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Akani Simbine breaks SA 100m record

Simbine’s time is 0.01s faster than the record of 9.97s he shared with Henricho Bruintjies.

Akani Simbine ran the fasted time in the 100m when he won in 9.96s at the ASA Night Series Meeting at Pilditch. Picture: Reg Caldecott.

JOHANNESBURG - University if Pretoria student and South Africa athlete, Akani Simbine, has achieved a breaking performance last night in the 100m when he won in 9.96s at the ASA Night Series Meeting at Pilditch.

Simbine's time is 0.01s faster than the South African record of 9.97s he shared with Henricho Bruintjies.

VIDEO: Mathew Quinn

Still not believing what he saw, Simbine admitted afterwards that he surprised himself.

"The time I ran does not feel real especially since it is so still so early in the season. I got to admit that I am surprised by the shape I am in. Werner, my coach, and I have not really even started to do speed work."

In 2014, Simon Magakwe became the first South African sprinter to break 10 seconds in the 100 metres in a local meeting.

"It is amazing that I can be the second South African to show local fans how a sub 10 seconds race is run. I hope it won't be the last time before the South African Championships in Stellenbosch that I do so."

Asked whether he think he is capable of running a faster time than 9.96s Simbine said yes.

"I am confident that I can run a much faster time."

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