He has been threatening to run a really quick time all year long, but a hamstring injury at the South African championships hampered Akani Simbine’s progress this year.

His 100m time last night rocketed him to fifth on the world rankings and suddenly pushes him into contention for an Olympic medal at the Rio Games next month.

With Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m and Anaso Jobodwana in the 200m, South Africa could have finalists – maybe even medallists – in all three of the men’s sprints in Brazil.

Simbine, the 29th man on the planet to dip below 9.90, was too quick for Powell, a former world record-holder, who finished second in a season’s best 9.92.

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