South African sprinter, Akani Simbine, was so close to reworking history by being the record holder of the 100m race at the national championships which took place in the Tuks Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa.
The athlete, however, failed to mark the record due to the strong winds. Hitting a mark of 9.82, Akani should have gone on to become the world’s fastest 100m record holder and surpassing the current titleholder Ronnie Baker whose mark is at 9.94.
As it appears, this isn’t the only time that Akani Simbine would be participating in the sub 10 seconds time in a season as he had also run a 9.99 with the wind measured to be at +3.0m/s, therefore, making it his quickest race in 2021.
Akani Simbine was listed on the Y! Africa most inspiring young persons on the continent.