Wayde van Niekerk may need to get used to sharing the spot light a little bit as South Africa has another sprint star.
Simbine, who was 5th at the Olympics in the 100, had a huge day on Saturday when he ran 9.93 and 19.95. It's the first time ever in South Africa that an athlete has gone sub-10 and sub-20 on the same day (he's 7th person in history to accomplish that feat). 9.93 is the fastest time ever recorded in South Africa. He was helped by a 2.0 m/s wind in that one.
The 200 mark is a huge pb for Simbine if ratified as he'd never run faster than 20.16. We don't have a wind reading for that race but believe it's wind-legal as it's being reported that a South African junior record was set in the same race by 19-year old Clarence Munyai who ran 20.10.
Video of the 100 is here:
Video of 200 is here:
After it was all over, Simbine said he's just getting started, â€œThere is a whole lot more in the tank."