Akani Simbin Still Hungry for Gold After Commonwealth Games Silver



Although he admitted he lost the race at the start, sprinter Akani Simbine said he was pleased to be able to recover enough to win a medal in the men’s 100m final at the Commonwealth Games.

Competing in the short run in Birmingham on Wednesday night, Simbine looked to get the better of Kenyan rocket scientist Ferdinand Omanyala as the rivalry between the two fastest men in Africa continued.

However, he was lethargic from the blocks, and although he was able to return to the race, Simbine won the silver medal in 10.13 seconds.and Omanyala won gold in 10.02.

“Right now I’m having trouble starting and didn’t have a clean race, but I’m happy that I was able to get up and fight my way back to the podium,” said Simbine, who won the 100m gold medal. at the last Commonwealth Games in 2018.

“I am delighted to be on the podium again and look forward to the rest of the season.”

While 28-year-old Simbin won the Commonwealth and African titles in 2018, he lost both crowns to Omanyala this year.

And while he finished fifth in the 100m final at the recent World Championships, further cementing his status as one of the fastest men on the planet, it was the fifth major world championship in a row where he finished in the top five but did not receive a medal. .

Despite failing to reach his goals this season, falling short of top gear, Simbin insisted that he hadn’t exhausted himself and was still eager to shine for South Africa on the international stage.

“I’ve been in this game for a long time, but I’m still young,” he said.

“I made a name for myself in the sprint world and I just hope I can keep playing, keep fighting and one day get that World Championship or Olympic medal and make our country proud.”