Akani Simbine snatches 100m victory in Marseille

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Akani Simbine
Akani Simbine

African champion Akani Simbine made a triumphant return to competition last Thursday, displaying impressive form in his first international race of the season at the European Continental Tour meeting in Marseille, France.

After winning his 100m heat in 10.31 seconds, despite battling a -3.6m/s headwind, Simbine returned to the track three hours later for the final.

Simbine put up a fierce fight in a close contest against Ivorian sprinter Arthur Cisse, the SA record holder held off his nearest challenger by 0.02, snatching victory in 10.19.

In the men's 110m hurdles race, African record holder Antonio Alkana took fourth position in 13.81. Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega of Spain won the race in 13.15.

"That's an impressive restart after the athletics season was brought to a complete four to five months standstill by the corona virus pandemic that is still devastating the world," said Aleck Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa.

"We congratulate Akani, his coach and support staff for the hard work that began during South Africa's ongoing lockdown. It's still early days for him and others, though, who have been granted permission to compete outside the borders since our country is still under lockdown."

- Athletics South Africa

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