Simbine registers fastest 100m of season

May 19, 2024 2:34 pm

South Africa's Akani Simbine [Source: Reuters]

South African Akani Simbine won the 100 metres in a world-leading 9.90 seconds at the Atlanta City Games on Saturday, while American Noah Lyles shone in the 150 metres.

Running into a headwind on a makeshift track, Simbine cruised through the finish a tenth of a second ahead of Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala, with American Kendal Williams finishing third in 10.05.

The performance was three-hundredths of a second faster than the previous lead, set by American teenager Christian Miller in April. The Atlanta organizers noted the event avoids a traditional stadium in favour using a temporary straightaway and part of the city’s urban Piedmont Park.

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The 100 and 200 metres world champion Lyles proved lethal in the rarely run 150 metres distance, pulling away through the second half to cross the finish a quarter of a second ahead of Britain’s Zharnel Hughes.

Lyles, a bronze medallist in Tokyo, smiled widely after the finish and bowed to the fans, crediting his current form to his mental health.

Lyles has kept a busy schedule in 2024, winning the 100 metres at the Bermuda Grand Prix in April before travelling to the World Relays in the Bahamas earlier this month.