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26 Aug 2015 16:42
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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