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Blistering Simbine leads SA to gold in Poland

───   MORGAN PIEK 09:09 Mon, 03 May 2021

Blistering Simbine leads SA to gold in Poland | News Article
Akani Simbine - World Athletics

Akani Simbine led the charge on Sunday night as South Africa’s 4 x 100m men’s relay team raced to a dramatic victory at the World Athletics Relay Championships in Poland.

Running in lane four, Thando Dlodlo, Gift Leotlela, Clarence Munyai and Simbine just edged Brazil to the line in 38.71 seconds.

The race was so close that Brazil was celebrating the victory before South Africa was announced as the winners. The South Africans beat the South Americans to the line in just 0.01 seconds.

To make matters worse for Brazil, they were then disqualified for running out of their lane.

Ghana ran a brilliant race to cross the line in third, however, they were also disqualified.

The silver was awarded to Italy, with Japan rounding off the podium.

The win will be a massive confidence booster heading to the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan,later in the year. They will be confident of a medal at the summer games which was delayed by a year due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Lythe Pillay, Zakithi Nene, Oscar Mavundla, and Ranti Dikgale, ensured South Africa took the fifth spot in the men's 4x400m final.

The mixed 4x400m team of Ranti Dikgale, Simon Khuzwayo, Deline Mpiti (woman), and Taylon Bieldt (woman) were sixth in their heat in 3:19.18 on Saturday's opening day of competition but weren’t able to secure qualification for the final.

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