South African speed merchant Akani Simbine says he never doubted he would lead the country to glory in the 4x100m at the World Relay Championships in Poland on Sunday night despite him starting well behind the leader in the final leg.
And, that same self-belief is what he will be taking to the Olympic Games in Japan in July, where he plans to secure further honours for the “Rainbow Nation”, in addition to the forthcoming IAAF Diamond League series.
“We solely believed we could win the medal. We were lying in second place and I needed to make sure we got first place for the gold medal. I chased the guy (Paulo de Oliveira of Brazil) down with the belief that I can chase him down and I can cover the metres between us — and I did it,” said Simbine at a top-level Adidas event that was headlined by Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi in Durban on Wednesday.