WATCH South Africa's Nail-Biting WIN at World Relay Championships
WATCH South Africa's Nail-Biting WIN at World Relay Championships. Photo: Twitter video screenshot

South Africa’s men’s 4x100m sprinters raced to victory in an incredible nail-biting finish, crossing the line just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Brazil. In fact, watch below, as even the commentators are surprised when SA overtook to win in that last second!

It was so close that from where they were sitting the commentators thought that Brazil had just won by a short measure… but once they saw the board, they were full of praise for the SA runners. The male commentator paid tribute to South Africa for making every centimetre count, whilst a female commentator pointed out just how quickly Akani Simbine ran.

Tuks-based athlete Simbine provided the exciting final 100 metres at this weekend’s World Relay Championships in Silesia, Poland.

The SA team had gone into the Champs with a genuine ambition to win a medal… and they pulled it off spectacularly. We can’t wait to see what they do at the Olympics in three months’ time!


In the lead up to the race, Simbine said: “We have done what needs to be done during training. It is now about seeing how fast we are going to be during a race. The fact that the USA and Jamaica won’t be competing does not change anything. Relay running is about doing the job, passing the baton making no mistakes. If nothing goes wrong, we could medal. Even win!”

WATCH South Africa’s 4x100m team win at the World Relay Championships