Akani Simbine for those who don’t know him is a South African athlete specifically a 100m sprinter. Simbine has been on an upward trend in his career ever since his fifth-place finish at the Olympic Games. And this seasons IAAF has seen him continue this from when he beat sprinter the likes of Yohan Blake who jointly hold the record of fastest man ever with a time of 9.69 set in 2012. While Blake is not at his one hundred percent best nothing can be taken away from Simbine who ran a season best of 9.93 seconds.
Simbine is now looking forward to Doha in September where he will face the world’s best sprinters. With this win in London he will take confidence from beating a former world champ with him and use it as a soaring board to greater things.
For Simbine this could be the start of something special in the lead up to the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo. One thing is for sure the eyes of the nation will be fixed on him in the next few years as he has the chance to become the first 100m Olympic gold medalist from South Africa. He has tasted gold before winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 but an Olympic crown would undoubtedly serve as his greatest achievement in the sport, cement his name in athletics history and hopefully inspire the next generation of South African athletes to believe they are capable of great things. Either way whether he wins or not, for me he is already an inspiration for following his dreams and showing the world just what South Africa is capable of.