Van Niekerk wins 400m title

Wayde van Niekerk ran the sixth fastest 400 metres of all time to beat a stellar field and become the first South African to win a World Championship sprint title in Beijing, China, on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old went hard from the start and held off reigning champion La Shawn Merritt of the United States down the home straight to claim the title in 43.48 seconds.

A personal best of 43.65 was worth no better than silver for Merritt, who stayed on the South African’s shoulder around the final bend but could not find enough gas in the last 50 metres to overhaul him.

The South African collapsed onto the track exhausted at the end of the race and was taken straight off for medical treatment.

Source: supersport

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