Wed Aug 23 00:27:03 SAST 2017

Magakwe wants to reclaim title

2017-04-19 10:12:34.0 | Daniel Mothowagae |

Former national 100m record holder Simon Magakwe will make a surprise appearance at the SA Senior Track and Field Championship this weekend.

The six-time SA 100m champion confirmed his entry in the short dash where he is set to face-off other local sprinters who boast sub-10 seconds personal best times, like Akani Simbine (9.89, SA record), Thando Roto (9.95), Henricho Bruintjies (9.97) and Wayde van Niekerk (9.98).

"I am back to reclaim what was taken from me. I have never been beaten on South African soil and I don't see that happening soon," warned Magakwe, who said he'll run in honour of his late mom.

"I am proud of all the local speedsters that broke the 10-second barrier after I led the way," added the flamboyant sprinter whose 9.98 seconds performance at the 2014 nationals opened the floodgates of the exclusive SA sub-10 club.

Magakwe, 30, has also vowed to teach his rivals something new, despite having raced just twice - a league and a provincial meeting in Rustenburg last month, both of which he won.

Before then, he last competed in Italy in September 2014, three months prior to his two-year ban after he missed a random out-of-competition drugs test, which IAAF considers a doping violation.

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