Tokyo Games

Akani Simbine suffers SA’s Olympic curse as he ends fourth in 100m final

One of the most consistent sprinters, he is is cruelly nudged off the podium by 0.04 of a second

01 August 2021 - 18:28 By david isaacson

SA’s Olympic curse struck Akani Simbine in the men’s 100m at the Tokyo Games on Sunday night, condemning him to fourth place, the one position nobody wants, the so-called wooden medal.

The truth is that the speedster didn’t look comfortable on the day, having to qualify for the eight-lane final as a fastest loser after finishing fourth in his heat in 9.90 sec...

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