Wayde van Niekerk wins 400m gold

Wayde Van Niekerk in the men's 400m final in Beijing. (Adrian Dennis, AFP)

Wayde Van Niekerk in the men's 400m final in Beijing. (Adrian Dennis, AFP)

South African Wayde van Niekerk scorched to a remarkable victory in the men’s 400m at the World Championships in Beijing, China, on Wednesday.

Van Niekerk became South Africa’s first world sprint champion as he stormed around the one-lap race in 43.48 seconds, becoming the fourth-fastest athlete in the event and the quickest non-American athlete.

A loaded field saw defending champion Lawshawn Merritt, who won the world title in Berlin in 2009, achieve a personal best of 43.65 seconds for silver.

Grenada’s Olympic champion Kirani James claimed bronze in a season best of 43.78 seconds. – AFP

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