Magakwe breaks 100m 10-second barrier

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Simon Magakwe (53) celebrates after winning the Mens 100m Final during the 2013 SA Senior Athletics Championships at Coetzenburg Stadium in Stellenbosch on 12 April 2013.

PRETORIA - Simon Magakwe became the first South African to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 metres when winning the national title this weekend.

The 27-year-old clocked 9.98 seconds at the University of Pretoria to claim his sixth victory in the event.

"I was aggressive ... I wanted it so badly ... I pushed so hard in the last 30 metres," said the sprinter.

Magakwe and Johan Rossouw shared the previous record of 10.06 established 26 years ago.

Second-place Akani Simbine (10.02) also bettered the old mark during championships that doubled as qualifiers for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Caster Semenya, the women&39;s 800-metre silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, won the two-lap race in 2:03.05 -- well outside her 1:55.45 personal best.