Simbine seals semi-final spot

In a nail-biting finish, Akani Simbine outpaced former world champion Christian Coleman of the US, winning the final seventh heat in 9.97 seconds. His victory was by a mere... Read more
Simbine seals semi-final spot

In a nail-biting finish, Akani Simbine outpaced former world champion Christian Coleman of the US, winning the final seventh heat in 9.97 seconds.

His victory was by a mere one-hundredth of a second, as Simbine was the only one among the three South Africans to advance to the next round. Despite a slower initial start, Simbine’s impressive top-end speed enabled him to chase down his rival and clinch the victory, marking the third-fastest time of the night.

Jamaican Oblique Seville emerged as the overall quickest, equalling his personal best time of 9.86 seconds. Noah Lyles, the 200m world champion aiming for a double win, secured victory in his heat with a time of 9.95 seconds. Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala also clocked 9.97 seconds, coming in second behind Lyles. Defending champion Fred Kerley, who came second to Seville, posted a time of 9.99 seconds.

Briton Zharnel Hughes won his heat in 10.00 seconds, while Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs advanced in third place with a time of 10.15 seconds. Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo also secured a spot, winning his heat in 10.11 seconds.

The semi-finals are scheduled for 4.35pm, with the final set to take place at 7.10pm.

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