Friday, July 19, 2024

WATCH: South African triple jumper runs barefoot 100m in 10.40 seconds


Competing at a monitor meet within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday, a South African athlete named Lleyton Davids ran a sub-11-second 100m, working barefoot. A video posted by AIS Athletics (the athletics academy that hosted the meet) reveals Davids flying towards the end and crossing the road in second place. To make his run much more spectacular, Davids is a triple jumper (he’s the two-time reigning South African champion), and sprinting isn’t even his important focus. 

Within the AIS Athletics video, Davids may be seen lining up within the blocks and ready for the beginning gun to sound. His opponents all have spikes on, but it surely didn’t find yourself serving to them out a lot, as Davids flew previous all however one among them. 

In accordance with Davids’s World Athletics profile, his 100m PB is 11.02 seconds. He ran this time in March 2022, and whereas there’s an opportunity he has run different 100m races in his profession (many lower-profile races aren’t listed by World Athletics, together with his most up-to-date run within the UAE), it’s wonderful that he managed to raised his official PB by greater than half a second with out spikes–or any footwear in any respect. (Davids seems to often put on footwear when competing and coaching, as seen in varied posts on his Instagram web page.)  

Davids’s new PB (official or not) is tied for the 106th quickest in South African historical past. With 105 males forward of him on that record, it might not sound that spectacular, however remember that every of these runners was doubtless sporting spikes (or footwear of some variety). 

Davids has gained the triple leap title on the previous two South African Championships, and he may have the prospect so as to add a 3rd at this 12 months’s competitors, slated for March 30 and April 1. 


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