SA star Simon Magakwe gets another shot at Usain Bolt

2014-05-15 12:45

Fresh from breaking the South African 100m record, star sprinter Simon Magakwe will have another shot at Jamaican icon Usain Bolt.

Magakwe – who is currently the world leading 100m runner with 9.98 seconds – will face off against Bolt in either the 100m or the 200m at the IAAF World Challenge in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on June 17.

“Simon is entered for both the 100m and 200m. Bolt has not decided yet over which distance he will face Simon,” said Magakwe’s agent Oliver Topueth of Crown Athletics Sports Management.

The Royal Bafokeng Athletics Club runner was initially due to race in Senegal on June 15 – also a World Challenge meeting – but the Dakar event has been cancelled, according to Topueth.

The Ostrava Golden Spike meeting will set up another competition between Magakwe and Bolt, who last met at the same track in 2012, where Magakwe false-started and was subsequently disqualified.

“The 2012 false-start is behind me and I will go into this year’s race with fresh mentality and approach,” said Magakwe, who had a training stint with the Jamaican ace at the Caribbean island in 2009.

Magakwe, who turned 28 yesterday, first raced Bolt in official competition at the 2011 IAAF World Championships.

The rivalry resumed in 2012 when Magakwe met Bolt three times in a few months leading up to the London Olympics.

He set the new South African 100m record at the SA Senior Track and Field Championships in Pretoria last month, while the multiple Olympic and world champion is yet to race this year.

“I am satisfied especially after I realised my dream of running a sub-10 [9.98] in the 100m,” said Magakwe.

Bolt (27) said in January after his entry for Ostrava was confirmed that the Mestský Stadium track was “a fast track when the weather is good”.

He ran 9.77 in the 100m in 2009 and 19.83 in the 200m a year before.

Before Ostrava, Magakwe will kick-off his European tour in the US later this month with one stop in the continent in between.

His full schedule with the events he will compete in:

May 31: IAAF Diamond League (Eugene, US) – 100m

June 5: Diamond League (Rome, Italy) – 100m.

June 8: IAAF World Challenge (Marrakech – 100m; 200m.

June 11: Diamond League (Oslo, Norway) – 100m (to be confirmed next week)

June 17: World Challenge (Ostrava, Czech Republic) – 100m; 200m.

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