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Akani Simbine into 100m final as Gift Leotlela, Shaun Maswanganyi miss out on showcase event

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South African sprinter Akani Simbine
South African sprinter Akani Simbine
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Akani Simbine has qualified for the 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics after finishing fourth in his semi-final heat.

In a race won by Bingtian Su (China) in a blistering time of 9.83, Simbine will make the showcase event thanks to his time of 9.90 giving him one of the two fastest losing qualifiers spots.

Ronnie Baker (United States) and Marcell Lamont Jacobs (Italy) finished in second and third. 

In the first semi-final heat of the night, Gift Leotlela finished fourth, stopping the clock in 10.03 as he appeared to pull up with an injury approaching the line. 

The race was won by Fred Kerley (USA) in 9.96 with Andre de Grasse (Canada) in second.

Shaun Maswanganyi ended sixth in his semi-final heat stopping the clock in 10.10 as Zharnel Hughes (Great Britain) and Enoch Adegoke (Nigeria) qualified.

The final will take place at 14:50 (SA time). 

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