akani heats 4th 10 15 fastest loser
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Akani Simbine went into his third heat of the 100m as fastest contender, but a poor start left him fighting for qualification, as Jamaican Julian Forte took the heat in 9.99 seconds.

"We were held in set for a long time and i think i lost focus. Im not happy with the race, but i think the time is good enough to take me through"
It was a heart-stopping performance for South Africans who felt that Simbine was virtually a certainty for the final, and a possible medalist.

The South African sprint story had also intended that Thando Roto would celebrate his arrival at the World Championship level with progression to at least the semi-finals, but he was disqualified from the 5th heat for a false start. The devastation was written all over the 21 year old Eastern Cape athletes face as he was escorted from the start line.

As was expected Usain Bolt, despite a slow start, came through to win in the final heat and with third place equalling Simbines 10.15, the South African sprint star made it through to the semis as the fastest of three qualifying losers.

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