South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk Successfully Defends his 400m World Title

via @waydedreamer Twitter

South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk continues his dominance of the men’s 400m, winning gold in 43.98 during the IAFF World Championships in London.

The six foot 25-year-old is the current world record holder, world champion and Olympic champion in the 400 metres, and also holds the world best time in the 300 metres

He posted this on video below on his twitter saying, “Feeling so much pride to have won the 400m. Thank you South Africa. Thank you London.”

Van Niekerk was second quickest to react to the gun starting in lane 2.

His winning time was almost a second outside his Olympic and world record time of 43.03 he ran a year ago this month.

Van Niekerk was the silver medallist in the 400m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and took bronze in the 4×400 metres relay at the 2013 Summer Universiade. He also represented South Africa at the 2013 and the 2015 Athletics World Championships.

At the 2015 World Championships, he won the gold medal in the 400 metres. He defended this title two year later, in London, where he also won the silver medal in the 200 metres race.

In the 2016 Olympic Games Men’s 400m, he won the gold medal with a World Record time of 43.03 seconds (reaction time 0.181 s) beating the time of 43.18 seconds set by Michael Johnson during the 1999 World Championships in Athletics in Seville, Spain.

As of 2016 he was the only sprinter in history to have run the 100 m in under 10 seconds, the 200 m in under 20 seconds and the 400 m in under 44 seconds.

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