Akani Simbine Beats Marcell Jacobs to Win 100m at Oslo Diamond League

Akani Simbine Beats Marcell Jacobs to Win 100m at Oslo Diamond League

Edwin Kiplagat
May 30, 2024 at 9:33 PM
  • Akani Simbine's unbeaten run in the 2024 season continued at the Oslo Diamond League
  • The South African defeated Olympic champion, Marcell Lamont Jacobs, to win the 100m
  • The 30-year-old has now won the 100m in three major events this season in an Olympic year

Akani Simbine's impressive 2024 form continued with another victory at the Oslo Diamond League on Thursday, May 30.

The South African finished ahead of Olympic champion, Marcell Jacobs, and Jamaican sprint legend, Yohan Blake.

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Akani Simbine celebrates after winning the 100m at the Oslo Diamond League. Photo by Maja Hitij.
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Simbine clocked a season-best 9,.94 seconds to finish ahead of Japan's Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, who crossed the line in 9.99 seconds, his season-best, per Diamond League.

Cameroon's Emmanuel Eseme clocked 10.01 seconds to finish third. 2021 Olympic champion, Jacobs, could only manage fourth in 10.03 seconds. Blake was second from last after clocking 10.29 seconds.

Simbine added his win to the Suzhou Diamond League, where he beat former world champions, Christian Coleman and Fred Kerley.

On May 18, he defeated Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala, to win the Adidas Atlanta City Games, clocking a world-leading time of 9.90 seconds.

The 30-year-old has finished fourth and fifth in the Olympics, and this year, after years of trying, it looks like he might finally get a medal. By setting a world lead, he has momentum compared to other stars in the distance.

He has won a Commonwealth and African title in his career.

Simbine wins South African title

Sports Brief earlier reported on Simbine winning his sixth 100m South African title.

The Gauteng-born sprinter clocked 10.01 seconds at the SA Senior National Track and Field Championships.

His closest opponent was 18-year-old Bayanda Walaza, who clocked 10.27 seconds. Bradley Nkoana finished third in 10.29 seconds.

Simbine disqualified from semi-final

Sports Brief also reported on Simbine getting disqualified from the semi-final of the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

Simbine was in the second heat of the semi-final alongside Coleman and Zharnel Hughes. The South African was shown a red card for a false start.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.