Place of birth: Kempton Park
DOB: 21 September 1993
Coach: Werner Prinsloo
100m: 9.89 sec
200m: 19.95 sec
100m: SA record, 9.89 sec, Szekesfehervar, July’16
100 m: Gold, 10.03 sec, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, 2018
200m: 19.95 sec, Pretoria, March’17
4x100 m: SA record, Silver, 38.24 sec, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, 2018
100 m: 1st, 9.97 sec, World Student Games, Gwangju, 2015
100 m: 3rd, 10.05 sec, African Championships, Durban, 2016
100 m: 5th, 9.94 sec, Olympic Games, Rio, 2016
100 m: 5th, 10.01 sec, World Championships, London, 2017
100 m: 1st, 10.03 sec, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, 2018
200 m: 5th, 20.37 sec, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, 2014
4x100 m: 1st, 38.84 sec, African Championships, Durban,2016
4x100 m: 2nd, 38.24 sec, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, 2018
Stocky and explosive, Akani Simbine first made heads turn as a teenager, and he has since gone on to shatter multiple barriers, lifting the coveted crown as South Africa's fastest man.
Storming to victory in the 100m final at the Zone 6 Games in Lusaka in December 2012, he clocked 10.19 seconds to shatter the national junior record by 0.11.
While injuries hampered the early stages of his senior career, he was back to his best in 2014, taking the silver medal in 10.02 at the SA Senior Championships in Pretoria.
Later in the year he went on to grab fifth spot in the 200m final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and joined the national relay quartet in breaking the South African 4x100m record with a 38.35 performance, taking fourth position.
His real breakthrough, however, came the following season when Simbine dipped under the 10-second barrier for the first time, equalling the SA 100m record of 9.97 to win the world student title.
In 2016, he joined the ranks of the global elite, bringing the national record down to 9.89 at a meeting in Szekesfehervar, and less than a month later he took fifth position in the Olympic 100m final in Rio. His successful campaign also included a bronze medal in the short dash at the African Championships, held on home soil in Durban.
Taking another big step forward in 2017, as he continued to build on his steady progress, Simbine again made history in Pretoria when he clocked 9.93 over 100m and 19.95 in the 200m event, becoming the first South African to shatter the sub-10 and sub-20 barriers on the same day.
Despite battling with a hip niggle, he showed tremendous tenacity to finish fifth in the 100m final at the World Championships in London, and after establishing his place as one of the most consistent sprinters on the global circuit, Simbine remains one of South Africa's brightest track and field stars.