Akani Simbine continues unbeaten streak as he coasts to victory in 100m of Oslo Diamond League

Akani Simbine continues unbeaten streak as he coasts to victory in 100m of Oslo Diamond League

Mark Kinyanjui 21:00 - 30.05.2024

The South African continued his fine start to the outdoor season with yet another dominating 100m display at the Oslo Diamond League meeting.

Akani Simbine’s fine start to the outdoor season continued as he coasted to victory in the 100m with a 9.94-second performance at the Oslo Diamond League meet.

Simbine strolled to victory ahead of reigning Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs, who had to settle for fourth in 10.07 seconds, and he is now putting himself in good consideration to medal at the upcoming Paris Olympic games.

Abdul Sani Brown finished second on 10.02, before Cameroon’s Emannuel Eseme finished third on 10.10.

Jamaican star Johan Blake had to settle for seventh place on 10.10, continuing to show that his best days may well be behind him in the process.

Simbine's victory in Oslo follows a series of strong performances this season. He began his outdoor campaign at the Suzhou Diamond League meet in April and played a crucial role in helping South Africa qualify for the Olympic Games at the World Athletics Relays in the Bahamas.

Simbine then set a world-leading time of 9.90 seconds to win the men’s 100m at the Adidas Atlanta City Games in the US.

This 9.90-second performance in Atlanta was his fastest 100m time since the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Remarkably, Simbine achieved this despite a 0.4 metre-per-second headwind, making it his best career time into an oncoming wind. His only faster times were his South African records of 9.89 and 9.84 seconds from 2016 and 2021, both achieved with tailwinds.

Simbine has been a consistent top-five sprinter globally since the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he finished fourth, a position he also achieved at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2019 World Championships. The only blemish on his record was a disqualification for a false start at the World Championships in Budapest last year.

At 30 years old, Simbine continues to demonstrate his prowess on the track. His recent victory in China at a Diamond League meet further solidifies his status as a top contender for the Paris Olympics, where the 100m final is set for August 4.

With world champion Noah Lyles, Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs, and Botswana star Letsile Tebogo still early in their 100m campaigns, and Jamaica’s Oblique Seville focusing on the 200m, Simbine's consistent performances make him a key athlete to watch as the season progresses.

More updates on Simbine's journey and other athletes' preparations for the Paris Olympics will follow.