Magakwe’s second chance after Ostrava ‘disaster’

2012-05-26 19:44

Athletics Royal Bafokeng sprinter sets sights on the 100m race in Rome on Thursday

Simon Magakwe will head into the IAAF Diamond League in Italy on Thursday at the back of a shattered dream race in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Friday.

Magakwe was disqualified after sensors picked up that he was the quickest out of the block. Jamaican Usain Bolt won the race in a time of 10.04

But the Athletics Royal Bafokeng sprinter and the South African 100m joint record holder will find solace following his addition this week into a strong line-up for the Rome meet in four days’ time.

Magakwe shrugged off the disappointment, saying it was just one of those says.

“I was excited and wanted so much out of it. I’m ok now and I’m just looking forward to Rome,” Magakwe told City Press yesterday.

I thought of giving myself a huge belated birthday present and he (Bolt) told me ‘next time and sorry my brother.”

He will get a second chance at racing Bolt, his compatriot Asafa Powell and Christophe Lemaitre of France.

Prior to the Ostrava “disaster”, Magakwe had described the star-studded line-up as the “Olympic final”.

“It feels like the Olympics final. Words cannot describe how I feel to be among these guys,” Magakwe told City Press from the Czech Republic before his disqualification.

While he has met Bolt on the track four times already in his three-year career, Magakwe said he won’t “panic” against the three supermen in Italy. “I just want to get everything right and not panic,” he said.

“I raced with Asafa in Rabat at the IAAF World Challenge in Morocco last year, but he did not finish the race.

“He had an injury. I am looking forward to a fast race, especially with him and Lemaitre in the mix.”

Bolt, Powell and Lemaitre were among the only 20 sprinters who ran the 100m under nine seconds last year, with Bolt the fastest in 9.76 and Powell at 9.78.

Their looming contest in Rome has been dubbed “a rematch”.

It was also at the Italian capital last year that Bolt outsprinted former 100m world record holder Powell and triple European champion Lemaitre in 9.91.

Powell finished second in 9.93 while Lemaitre took the third place in 10.00.

Magakwe’s personal best is the South African joint record of 10.06 he ran at the USSA Student Championships last month.

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