If you blinked, you would've missed it. That’s the only way to describe Akani Simbine's stellar performance during the 4 x 100 metre men's relay final at the World Relay Championships.
SuperSport reports that Simbine, a sub-10 second 100 metre runner, took over the baton three metres down on Brazil's Paulo Andre Camilo de Oliveria, but managed to pass him and snatch the title.
Simbine crossed the finishing line in a time of 38.71 seconds, a hundredth of a second faster than his Brazilian counterpart. Even struggling to get a good grip on the baton passed to him by Clarence Munyai couldn't stop the 27-year-old from outperforming the other athletes.
Because the race was so close, the Brazilians started celebrating before the South Africans were announced as the winners at the race in Silesia, Poland.
As if losing by a hundredth of a second isn't bad enough, the Brazilians were then disqualified for running out of their lane.
With this win, South Africa automatically qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Watch the Sports Stuff Channel 2021 video here to see the legend in action.
Image credit: The South African