Simbine heads to a training camp in Italy confident of winning a medal at the world championships in London in August - Times LIVE
   
Latest
Sat May 27 12:00:28 SAST 2017

Simbine heads to a training camp in Italy confident of winning a medal at the world championships in London in August

David Isaacson | 2017-05-15 19:30:04.0
Akani Simbine celebrates winning the men's 100 metres during the Diamond League athletics meeting in Doha. File photo
Image by: AFP

Having enticed an additional sponsor‚ sprinter Akani Simbine migrates to Europe on Tuesday as confident as ever he can win a medal at the world championships in London in August.

Simbine and Wayde van Niekerk head to training camp in Gemona‚ Italy‚ for the northern hemisphere summer. He had achieved the goals he had set for himself so far this season‚ like consistently running the 100m under 10 seconds and winning a Diamond League race.

In Doha he became the first SA athlete to win a Diamond League  short sprint‚  beating Olympic silver medallist Justin Gatlin and bronze medallist Andre De Grasse.

“I want to continue with that. I also want to  improve on the 200m and go to world champs ... and just come back with a medal‚” he said‚ adding he also wanted to break the 9.85sec African record.

The 100m was a mental game‚ he said. “No matter who’s on the track ... I will still go saying ‘no‚ I want to beat these guys’.

“Now I actually have the confidence‚ not just saying the words‚ I have the confidence in myself and the speed and the training‚” he told a press conference on Monday while announcing a deal with car manufacturer Mercedes.

In his next two races Simbine will line up against Yohan Blake in Boston on June 4 and Usain Bolt in Jamaica six days later.

“It’s two more opportunities for me to lay down the marker and get people believing I’m not just a one hit wonder.”

- TMG Digital/ TMG Sport

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.
X