Simbine strikes gold in Székesfehérvár

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Simbine strikes gold in Székesfehérvár

Thousands of people gathered on Sunday to watch the 6th edition of the István Gyulai Memorial – Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix in Székesfehérvár.

The event is named after one of the most popular sports figures in Hungary, the former General Secretary of both the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

A host of big names took part in the 2 day event, including former world record holder Asafa Powell. The Jamaican sprinter broke the 10-second barrier in the 100m race, but it wasn’t enough as Akani Simbine clocked 9.89 seconds to strike gold. This result sees the South-African move up to fifth in the world rankings.

In the women’s event, Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown produced a stunning performance to claim the 200m race while Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor reigned supreme in the 100m event. The Nigerian athlete, who triumphed at the Diamond League athletics meeting in Shanghai in May, clocked a winning time of 10,92 seconds.

New Zealand shot put star Valerie Adams produced her season-best throw to secure a convincing win. The double Olympic champion cleared 20.19 metres.

Local hope Baji Balázs, who was named the best U23 male athlete in Hungary in 2011, upset the odds to outclass favourite Omar McLeod in the 110m hurdles.

Olympic champion Kirani James kept his composure to win the 400metre event while Olympic silver medallist Kővágó Zoltán won the men’s discus with an impressive throw of 72.34 m.