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Akani Simbine upstages Asafa Powell, Justin Gatlin and Andre de Grass in 100m in Doha


Saturday, 6 May 2017 :  South African Akani Simbine upstaged an illustrious field including Asafa Powell, Justin Gatlin and Andre de Grasse to win the men’s 100 metres at the opening Diamond League meeting of the season on Friday.

Thomas Roehler stunned the crowd with the second-best javelin throw of all time, 93.90 metres, and Elaine Thompson won the latest round in her rivalry with Dafne Schippers in the women’s 200 metres.

Simbine, fifth in the Olympic final last year, defied a strong headwind and managed to dip under the 10 second barrier, clocking 9.99 seconds as he left his better-known rivals in his wake.

Jamaican Powell was second in 10.08 while Olympic silver medallist Gatlin was fourth and Olympic bronze medallist Andre de Grasse of Canada fifth.

Germany’s Roehler was as surprised as anyone by his effort to win the javelin.

Nevertheless, he was still some way behind the world record of 98.48 set by triple Olympic champion Jan Zelezny.

Source : Internet

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