Simbine defies noisy Aussie crowd as SA relay qualifies for final

South Africa's Akani Simbine wins the 100m as Henricho Bruintjies who finished second looks on. Atheltics. Carrara Stadium. Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia. Monday 9 April 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

GOLD COAST- Sprinter Akani Simbine defied the noisy Australian crowd the Carrara stadium on Friday morning as he hunted down their yellow-clad runner to win the first 4x100m relay heat for South Africa.

Commonwealth Games 100m champion took the baton Anaso Jobodwana‚ the SA quartet was in second behind the home team by a good few metres.

The Australian crowd was loving every second of it, the gap seemed to large for Simbine to close but he defied the odds and overtook Australian Josh Clarke in the final metres in the time of 38.71sec.

He said, “I told myself‚ ‘Let’s just disappoint this crowd a little bit‚’ because they were getting a bit too loud for me‚”

Erasmus who replaced replace injured Clarence Munyai said, “I was thinking about jumping at one point‚”

“It was just a few centimetres too far and I was overstretched at my max and I was just thinking jump‚ now or never. I just put it in.”

“We didn’t even do exchanges until today‚ me and him. Obviously from today we can just learn and take it tomorrow.

“When you haven’t done it under pressure like me — these guys have more experience in the relay than I have — I saw five people moving and I was trying to focus on Emile and I saw him move.

“I think with that adrenaline he seemed closer than he was and I was‚ like‚ if I don’t move now he’s just going to run up on me. Then I moved and I’m like‚ I’m not finding him at all‚ then I looked a little.”

SA qualified for the final on Saturday their time was fourth-fastest overall behind England (38.15)‚ Jamaica (38.44) and Nigeria (38.52).

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