Silver for Simbine in scintillating race
Akani Simbine and Charl du Toit settled for silvers in their 100m finals after two bronze medals were won in cycling and bowls for Team South Africa at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.
Simbine, who many had hoped would defend his title in the men’s 100m final, missed out on gold by just 0.11 seconds to Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala. The 28-year-old Johannesburg-born star finished in 10.13 after brilliant running in the final few metres of the race to clinch second place.
Para-athlete du Toit crossed the finish line in a T37 Games record 11.54 in the T37/38 100m final, second only to Australia’s Evan O’Hanlon (11.23).
It was Candice Lill who got Team SA’s medals going on day six after completing an arduous seven-lap course in the women’s cross-country cycling race.
Lill clinched third place to claim bronze in a time of 1:36:12, with England’s Evie Richards and Australia’s Zoe Cuthber winning gold and silver respectively.
Victoria van der Merwe and Desiree Levin won their para-lawn bowls pairs B6-B8 bronze match 16-7, defeating favourites England on their own patch in Birmingham. The win marked South Africa’s second lawn bowls medal at the Games thus far.
It was also a good day in for Team SA in the badminton singles round of 64 with Caden Kakora winning 2-0 over Falkland Islands’ Ben Chater in the men’s match and Deidre Jordaan beating Uganda’s Justine Naluwooza by the same scoreline in the women’s match.