RugbySimbine settles for silver in Birmingham
─── MORGAN PIEK 08:48 Thu, 04 Aug 2022
South Africa's Akani Simbine had to settle for silver in the 100m sprint for men at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Last night, the South African record holder and 2018 champion was comfortably beaten by Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya.
Omanyala became the first Kenyan athlete in 60 years to win the 100m sprint at the Games by clocking a time of 10.02 seconds.
Simbine - who was favourite to defend his title - crossed the line in 10.13 seconds, while Yupun Aneykoon surprised with the bronze in 10.14 seconds.
“To have medalled was always the goal, making sure I medal in major championships and I'm just happy I could fight my way back into a medal position.
“This year has been a championship year and to finally get a medal in a major event and finish off the year strong, for me it's a plus.
“I'm happy, but not happy with the execution of my race. I'm happy I have a medal and I can go home with it, I'm on the podium again.”
The medal adds to Team South Africa’s tally of 20 overall, with six being gold, seven silvers and 7 bronze. South Africa is sixth overall on the medals table.