Akani Simbine
Akani Simbine

Akani Simbine (born 21 September 1993) is a South African sprinter specialising in the 100 metres event.

He was fifth at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men’s 100 metres and was the 100 metres, African record holder, with a time of 9.84 seconds set in July 2021 until broken by Ferdinand Omurwa in September 2021.

Simbine was a World Championships finalist in the men’s 100 metres in 2017 (fifth) and 2019 (fourth) and was 100 metres champion at the 2018 African Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In the 4 × 100 metres relay he helped South Africa become champions at the African Championships in 2016 and 2018, and place second at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a South African record time of 38.24 seconds. He anchored South Africa to gold at the 2021 World Relays.

Simbine has finished inside the top 5 in the last 4 major championship 100m races including 4th in 2019 World Athletics Championships – Men’s 100 metres and Athletics at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men’s 100 metres missing out on the bronze medal to Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse.

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