SA's new sprint star Shaun Maswanganyi qualifies for double at July's Olympics

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South African athlete Phathutshedzo 'Shaun' Maswanganyi (Twitter/@tshedzom)
South African athlete Phathutshedzo 'Shaun' Maswanganyi (Twitter/@tshedzom)

South Africa's new sprint star Phatutshedzo 'Shaun' Maswanganyi sealed a double qualification for both the 100m and 200m events for July's Tokyo Olympics.

The 20-year-old hails from Soweto but currently resides in Texas where he represents the University of Houston.

Maswanganyi punched his ticket for this year's Games at the NCAA West Preliminary Round at College Station this past weekend.

He won the 200m event, crossing the finish line with a personal best of 20.19 seconds - making him the eighth fastest South African in the 200m.

In the first round of the 100m, Maswanganyi nearly broke the South African record held by Akani Simbine at 9.89 seconds.

He clocked 9.87 in the 100m, but the time was rendered "unofficial" due to strong wind assistance of +2.8m/s and changed to 10.05 seconds.

He then closed off the 100m by clocking the second-fastest at 10.04 seconds - to book his ticket to Japan.

Maswanganyi took to Twitter to post the qualification videos, writing: "The road to the Olympic Games is no longer a dream but a reality for me. 100m & 200m Qualifier".

Nine-time Olympic track and field champion Carl Lewis also congratulated Maswanganyi on Twitter, posting: "#HTownSpeedCity. Great job this weekend".

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