Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
VAN NIEKERK SMASHES SA 200M RECORD
Wayde van Niekerk made history again on Tuesday night, becoming the first South African athlete to dip under 20 seconds in the 200m sprint.
The Free State speedster won the ‘B’ race at the European Classic Permit meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, crossing the line in 19.94 seconds.
Van Niekerk, who turns 23 on Wednesday, broke Anaso Jobodwana’s national half-lap record by 0.10. In the process, he improved his own personal best, set in Lausanne in July last year, by 0.25.
Having clocked 43.96 in the 400m event in Paris earlier this month, Van Niekerk became only the fourth man in history to dip under 20 seconds in the 200m and under 44 in the one-lap dash.
While he has now qualified for both disciplines at the World Championships in Beijing next month, he has previously stated his intent to focus on the 400m distance.
His latest mark is the eighth SA record to be set in sprint events (100m-400m) this season, continuing the impressive rise in standard by the nation’s fastest men and women.
Jobodwana won the ‘A’ race in Lucerne in 20.12. The wind reading in both races, according to the official results, was 0.0.