Magakwe sprints to new SA 100m record

2014-04-12 15:18

Defending champion Simon Magakwe blitzed to his sixth South African 100m title in a record time of 9.98 seconds at the national track and field championships at the University of the Pretoria.

The Athletics North West sprinter bettered his own mark (of 10.06) today, which he had attained two years ago – and in the process became the first local man to run less than 10 seconds in an electronic-timed race.

Prior to today, Magakwe was the joint record-holder with Johan Rossouw at 10.06, the mark that took years to break since Rossouw’s feat in 1988.

Magakwe dragged his runner-up, Akani Simbine of Athletics Gauteng North (AGN), to a personal best 10.02 in the second spot, while Emile Erasmus, also of AGN, claimed bronze in 10.23.

Said Magakwe after the race: “I granted my coach [Eugene Thipe] his wish. I was aggressive from the start because I wanted the best time so badly. I pushed so hard in the last 30m.”

His winning time is well inside the entry standard time for the African Championships, which will be run in Morocco in August.

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