ATHLETICS NEWS - The Commonwealth Games 100m champion, Akani Simbine, has got only one goal for this season and that is to medal at the World Championships in Doha.
Therefore the Tuks sprinter won’t be competing in any 100m-races locally this season. Simbine will start his campaign on 13 April running the 4x100m relay at the Grand Prix-meeting in Bloemfontein. At the next Grand Prix-meeting in Potchefstroom (18 April), he will compete in the 200m. During the South African Championships in Germiston, he will also just be racing the 200m.
The last time Simbine competed in the 200m was in 2017. He then set a personal best of running 19.95s at Tuks.
According to his coach, Werner Prinsloo, there are two reasons why he is competing in the 200m.
“Firstly is because Akani honestly believe he is capable of being faster than 19.95s. The second is because he also wants to try and qualify in the 200m for the World Championships. Basically, he has only these two races to do so. Once we are in Europe, he is only going to compete in the 100 metres.”
Prinsloo reiterated that Simbine is seriously committed to representing South Africa at the World Relays in Yokohama.
“We discussed it and felt that is important for Akani to make himself available to run the World Relays. Hopefully, his commitment would convince some of the other top sprinters also to do so. I honestly believe that South Africa can medal if all the top sprinters make themselves available for selection.”