Lucerne 14th July 2015
Wayde Van Niekerk made history becoming the first South African athlete to dip under 20 sec in the 200m.
He won the race at the meeting in Switzerland crossing the line in 19.94 sec.
An amazing birthday’s present for his 23rd birthday breaking Anaso Jobodwana’s national 200m record by 0.10.
After clocking 43.96sec in the 400m event in Paris Diamond League couple of days ago, Van Niekerk became the fourth man in African history to dip under 20sec in the 200m and under 44 in the 400m
The 21 years old Justine Palfram coached by Mohamed Ally was untouchable in the women’s 400 m final at the World Student Games in Gwanju – Korea.
A great performance, not only for the Gold medal won by a huge margin of 0.66 sec from Poland’s Malgorzata Holub, but also for the new PB 51, 27 sec that smashes his previous one of 51. 87 sec run when she won the national title on her home track in Stellenbosch earlier this year.
A great season for this young 21 years old boy who dominated throughout the rounds at the World University Games in Gwanju – Korea 2015.
He clocked a Games record of 10 sec in the semifinal before going on to win the final in 9.97 in completely still conditions.
He equals at the moment the South African record in 100m.
Paris 04th July 2015
Wayde Van Niekerk has improved in less than a month his national record in 400m beating the olympic medallist Kirani James at the Paris Diamond League.
Van Niekerk won the race in 43,97 sec to shave 0,28 sec off his previous best he set in New York Diamond League.
For couple of hours he has been also the first African athlete below the 44 sec, but later Isaac Makwala from Botswana set a new record 43, 72 sec at the Chaux de Fonds meeting in Swiss.
Slovenia _ Velenje 1st of July 2015
At the Miners Day Classic Meeting sub 10 was registered by Akani Simbine clocked 9.99 sec with -0.2 wind over his team-mate Henricho Bruintjies.
Simbine is only 0.001 sec off the 9.98 sec South African record Simon Magakwe posted last year in Pretoria.
This new PB also ranks him in the top 21 in the world this year. He will leave tomorrow his base in Italy for the World Students in Korea.
Great results also for the other south african athletes:
a new PB in 800m 1:45.40 sec for Rynardt Van Rensburg, who placed himself in a 2nd position behind Amel Tuka 1:44.19 sec.
second position also for Justine Palframan 23.36 sec in 200m with -0.3 of wind.
New York Diamond League 14 June 2015.
Wayde returned to the venue where he smashed the SA record last year and he came first breaking his previous record in 44.24 sec.
It is the second time in a week that Van Niekerk managed to improve on a national mark after he destroyed the 300m record at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting.
On Sunday 31th of May 2015 at the Hypobank Meeting in Gotzis, Willem Coertzen had a strong second day to finish third and improve his own African record to 8398.
on Sunday 24th of May at the Fanny Blankers-Koen meeting in Hengelo, Akani Simbine finished second clocking 10.12s in the 100m, running into a 0.3m/s headwind.
Victor Hogan grabbed fifth position with 62.21m, behind the Olympic and World Champ silver medallist Piotr Malachowski.
Orazio Cremona was also fifth in the men’s shot put, launching a 19.20m in the penultimate round.
Long jump Ruswahl Samaai withdrew from his specialist event.
On Saturday 23th of May 2015 at the Athletics SA Invitation meeting in Cape Town, Rocco Van Rooyen launched a massive personal best smashing his record with a superb 85.39 m. This result puts him into the top-five on the South African all-time men’s javelin rankings and it is also three metros further than the qualifying standard for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August.
read more about Akani Simbine in the article written by Wesley Botton of the Citizen http://citizen.co.za/382841/qa-with-akani-simbine/
interview with Akani for the Citizen