Van Niekerk, Munyai set 300m world bests

Updated: June 29, 2017

​South African sprinters were in top shape on Wednesday evening, with Wayde van Niekerk and Clarence Munyai setting world best times in the 300m event at the World Challenge meeting in Ostrava.
Van Niekerk completed the race in 30.81, bettering the global mark of 30.85 set by Michael Johnson in Pretoria in March 2000, as well as his own national best of 31.03 set in Kingston in June last year.
He added the unofficial world best to his 400m world record of 43.03.
Former African 400m champion Isaac Makwala of Botswana finished second in 31.44 and junior star Munyai took third position in 31.61, setting a world best in the Under-20 division.
In other disciplines in Ostrava, Rikenette Steenkamp set a personal best of 12.99 to finish second in the women’s 100m hurdles race, which was won by Pamela Dutkiewicz of Germany in 12.72.
Steenkamp made history as the second SA woman to run under 13 seconds in her specialist event.
Alyssa Conley also took second place in the women’s 200m race in 23.03, with Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast earning a comfortable win in 22.44.
National record holder Antonio Alkana ended fourth in the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.37, crossing the line 0.28 behind French winner Garfield Darien, and Jacob Rozani was seventh in the men’s 1 000m battle in 2:20.25, with Kenyan Nicholas Kipkoech snatching victory in 2:18.51.