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).
Men’s 100m, heats:— Team South Africa (@TeamSA2020) July 31, 2021
Shaun Maswanganyi finished 3rd in his heat in 10.12 to qualify for the semi-finals
Gift Leotlela won his heat in 10.04 to qualify for the semi-finals
Akani Simbine won his heat in 10.08 to qualify for the semi-finals