Saturday, 17 April 2021 10:01

Staff Reporter.

Tshwane - Akani Simbine and Reabetse Moloi were crowned as the fastest athletes in South Africa on Friday, securing the national men's and women's 100m titles on Day 2 of the Sizwe Medical Fund ASA Senior Track and Field Championships at Tuks Athletics Stadium in Tshwane.

Simbine, who clocked 9.82 seconds with a tailwind in the men's semi-finals the day before, returned to the track to win the men's 100m final in 9.99 with a legal wind. Gift Leotlela grabbed the silver medal in 10.16 and Thembo Monareng earned bronze in 10.33.

"I came here to be SA No 1, so I'm happy with my run," Simbine said. "I'm glad to run another sub-10 and the key is to stay healthy. It's another big year and I'm sticking to the main goal, which is the Tokyo Olympics."

Moloi stormed home in 11.55 in the women's 100m final, with Miranda Coetzee taking second place in 11.69 and Boipelo Tshemese finishing a close third in 11.70.

"I'm really happy. I had a lot of challenges getting here," Moloi said. "It was not an easy medal. I wish the time was a little faster but I'll take the win."

Marjone Fourie added the SA senior 100m hurdles title to the gold medal she won at the Twizza ASA U20 Championships in Paarl last week, securing victory in the final in 13.54.

Producing the major upset of the day, Tiaan Kleynhans won the men's 110m hurdles final in 13.62, with SA record holder Antonio Alkana relegated to fourth place in 14.02 after hitting a hurdle and losing his balance.

Marga Cumming won gold in the women's hammer throw with a best attempt of 64.30m. Cumming's winning heave landed just one centimetre short of the 64.31m* national record she set in Potchefstroom in February. Her brother, Alan Cumming made it a family one-two by taking the men's hammer throw title with a 72.78m effort.

Mire Reinstorf dominated the women's pole vault final, clearing the bar at 4.00m, while Leyton Davids' best leap of 16.46m was good enough for gold in the men's triple jump. Zinzi Xulu won the women's triple jump final, landing at 13.34m.

Ashley Smith (9:03.91) and Cherise Carreira (11:11.60) won the men's and women's 3 000m steeplechase titles respectively, while Nkosinathi Sibiya (3:42.92) and Danielle Verster (4:20.54) won gold in the men and women's 1 500m finals.

In the men's 200m semi-finals, 400m world record holder and Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk won his semi-final in 20.38 and he will line up as the firm favourite in the half-lap final, to be held on Saturday.

Tshwane - Akani Simbine and Reabetse Moloi were crowned as the fastest athletes in South Africa on Friday, securing the national men's and women's 100m titles on Day 2 of the Sizwe Medical Fund ASA Senior Track and Field Championships at Tuks Athletics Stadium in Tshwane.

Simbine, who clocked 9.82 seconds with a tailwind in the men's semi-finals the day before, returned to the track to win the men's 100m final in 9.99 with a legal wind. Gift Leotlela grabbed the silver medal in 10.16 and Thembo Monareng earned bronze in 10.33.

"I came here to be SA No 1, so I'm happy with my run," Simbine said. "I'm glad to run another sub-10 and the key is to stay healthy. It's another big year and I'm sticking to the main goal, which is the Tokyo Olympics."

Moloi stormed home in 11.55 in the women's 100m final, with Miranda Coetzee taking second place in 11.69 and Boipelo Tshemese finishing a close third in 11.70.

"I'm really happy. I had a lot of challenges getting here," Moloi said. "It was not an easy medal. I wish the time was a little faster but I'll take the win."

Marjone Fourie added the SA senior 100m hurdles title to the gold medal she won at the Twizza ASA U20 Championships in Paarl last week, securing victory in the final in 13.54.

Producing the major upset of the day, Tiaan Kleynhans won the men's 110m hurdles final in 13.62, with SA record holder Antonio Alkana relegated to fourth place in 14.02 after hitting a hurdle and losing his balance.

Marga Cumming won gold in the women's hammer throw with a best attempt of 64.30m. Cumming's winning heave landed just one centimetre short of the 64.31m* national record she set in Potchefstroom in February. Her brother, Alan Cumming made it a family one-two by taking the men's hammer throw title with a 72.78m effort.

Mire Reinstorf dominated the women's pole vault final, clearing the bar at 4.00m, while Leyton Davids' best leap of 16.46m was good enough for gold in the men's triple jump. Zinzi Xulu won the women's triple jump final, landing at 13.34m.

Ashley Smith (9:03.91) and Cherise Carreira (11:11.60) won the men's and women's 3 000m steeplechase titles respectively, while Nkosinathi Sibiya (3:42.92) and Danielle Verster (4:20.54) won gold in the men and women's 1 500m finals.

In the men's 200m semi-finals, 400m world record holder and Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk won his semi-final in 20.38 and he will line up as the firm favourite in the half-lap final, to be held on Saturday.