World 100 meter champion and record holder Usain Bolt did not feature in the 100 meters qualifying heats and Team South Africa took advantage of that by dominating the dash sprint event
Two of Team South Africa’s 100 meter sprinters went through to the semi finals of the men’s 100 meter event as the track and field competition got underway on Sunday.
National champion Simon Magakwe and runner up in that race, Akani Simbine both qualified automatically. But late addition to the team, Ncincilili Titi fell by the wayside.
First off in Heat five of nine was Titi and he ended fourth in 10.48 as big Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade won in 10.40.
And then it was Simbine, the former Zone V1 Games Champion and a member of the SA team to last years World Championships in Russia.
He won his heat in a time of 10.32.
Also progressing automatically, but this time to the finals, was shot putter Orazio Cremona.
The only paralympic athlete in action on day one was Juanelle Meijer who took part in a straight final and ended fifth in the combined T37/ 38 long jump.