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Simbine wins 100m semi-final comfortably, Horn faces stiff test in final

file pic. Akani Simbine in action. Picture: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

file pic. Akani Simbine in action. Picture: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Published Apr 21, 2022

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Cape Town – Akani Simbine proved that he will be the man to beat in the 100m final by strolling to victory in his semi-final at the South African championships on Thursday.

The national record-holder ran in the second semi-final at the Green Point Stadium, and despite a fast start by Commonwealth Games silver medallist Henricho Bruintjies, Simbine put his foot down in the second half of the race to win in a time of 10.41 seconds, which was into a strong headwind of 2.1 metres per second.

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Bruintjies has been out of action for about two years now due to various injuries, so he will be pleased that he could reach the final – which takes place at 4.10pm on Thursday – by finishing second behind Simbine in 10.52.

There was an even stronger headwind of 4.5m/s in the first semi-final, where Emile Erasmus clinched victory in 10.67, followed by Samkelo Sabela in 10.74.

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Olympic star Gift Leotlela ended fourth with a time of 10.80, and will miss out on the final.

In the third semi-final, Neo Mosebi of KwaZulu-Natal was victorious in 10.61.

In the women’s 100m semi-finals, Carina Horn won her race in 11.65, but did not record the quickest time, which went to Tamzin Thomas in 11.60.

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Despite the withdrawal of teenage star Viwe Jingqi earlier on Thursday, Horn won’t have it all her own way in the final at 4.10pm, as Phindile Kubheka posted a time of 11.62 behind Thomas.

Men’s 100m final list (4.10pm Thursday)

1 Gianno Peddy

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2 Eckhart Potgieter

3 Henricho Bruintjies

4 Neo Mosebi

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5 Akani Simbine

6 Emile Erasmus

7 Bradley Nkoana

8 Samkelo Sabela

Women’s 100m final list (4pm Thursday)

1 Mphontsheng Sekese

2 Rose Xeyu

3 Phindile Kubheka

4 Carina Horn

5 Tamzin Thomas

6 Reabetswe Moloi

7 Miranda Coetzee

8 Kayla Murray

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