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Simbine, Leotlela lead SA sprinters into 100m SF in Tokyo, long-jumper Samaai eliminated

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Gift Leotlela (Getty)
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There was fantastic news for Team South Africa at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday with all of Akani Simbine, Shaun Maswanganyi and Gift Leotlela qualifying for the semi-finals of the 100m sprint. 

Maswanganyi was up first, finishing third in his heat in a time of 10.12 seconds to secure an automatic qualification spot before Leotlela won his heat in 10.04. 

Simbine, considered a genuine medal contender in the event, was slow out of the blocks but recovered beautifully to win his heat, too, in 10.08.

Long-jumper Ruswahl Samaai, meanwhile, was eliminated from qualification having jumped a best of 7.74m to finish 11th in his group. 

That will not be enough to make the final. 

The three semi-final in the 100m sprint take place on Sunday and will start at 12:15 (SA time). 

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