Simon Magakwe


He has been called the accidental athlete. An injury while playing social football forced him to turn to the track. The poor boy from Carletonville arrived in Stellenbosch for the South African Championships with his makeshift kit in a Shoprite-Checkers bag, including a pair of hand-medown spikes. But the little known sprinter literally hit the big time when he clocked 10.21s � an International Association of Athletics Federations "A�-standard qualifying time � to win the 100m and become South Africa's fastest man. Today, Magakwe is preparing to catch his first flight. He will be the country's medal hopeful at the World Championships in Germany later this year. � Phathisani Moyo

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