DOB – 21 September 1993

EVENTS100m and 200m


PERSONAL BEST – 100m – 9.96 sec

200m – 20.23 sec


“as Tata Madiba would say: sport has the power to change the world and the power to inspire. It has the power to unite the people. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where there was only despair”. 

Akani Simbine lives in Pretoria, South Africa, he studies Informatics Science at the University and he first came to prominence in 2012, his third season as sprinter, when he smashed the SA junior 100m record clocking 10.19 at the Zone VI Games in Lusaka.

In 2014 he took another big step in his career, setting the second fastest 100m time by a South African with 10.02 sec at the National Championships in Pretoria.

Later he reached the 100m semi-final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and he finished fifth in the 200m final.

In 2015 Simbine made his mark on the world stage, starting with his first sub 10 sec in Velenje (Slovenia) and clocking later 9.97 sec in completely still conditions winning the Gold at the World Students in Gwangju- Korea.


“I always believe that I am a motivated athlete, but when times get tough I say to myself that I need to be one step ahead of my competitiors at all times”.




Performance Wind Place Date
100m 9.96 +0.4 Pretoria 08 Mar2016
9.97 0.0 Gwangju 09 Jul 2015
10.09 -0.3 Stellenbosch 24 Apr 2015
10.02 +1.4 Pretoria 12 Apr 2014
10.36 +0.4 Kazan 07 Jul 2013
10.19 +1.3 Lusaka 11 Dec 2012


10.61 -0.1 Germiston 13 Mar 2010
200m 20.23 -0.4 Beijing 25 Aug 2015
20.27 -1.0 Pretoria 20 Mar 2015
20.37 +0.5 Glasgow 31 Jul 2014
20.79 +0.7 Pretoria 09 Mar 2013
20.68 -1.9 Lusaka 12 Dec 2012


“I describe myself as a very humble hard working athlete, who try to use the talent bestowed upon me to best of my ability. I strive to always better myself in all aspects of life. I would like to be an inspiration to other, to teach them that no matter what happens, they must persist to achieve their goals.”


100m Rank Mark Place Date
15th IAAF World Championships 4sf2 10.02 Beijing 23 Aug 2015
14th IAAF World Championships 7h3 10.38 Moscow 10 Aug 2013
15th IAAF World Championships 6sf1 20.23 Beijing 26 Aug 2015