Another record for Van Niekerk in Lausanne

Updated: July 7, 2017

​Wayde van Niekerk clocked the fastest time in the world this year and broke the long-standing meeting record in the men’s 400m race at the eighth leg of the IAAF Diamond League series in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday evening.
He won the contest in 43.62 seconds, chopping 0.04 off the previous meeting mark set by Michael Johnson of the United States in 1996.
Baboloki Thebe of Botswana finished second in 44.02, with the 20-year-old athlete setting a personal best, and compatriot Isaac Makwala was third in 44.08, clocking his fastest time of the year.
“The public was great. That really helps in an event like the 400m,” Van Niekerk said.
“It is my first race in Europe this year and my first 400m. I didn’t come with a specific time in mind but I am pleased with this result.”
In the men’s 100m race, SA record holder Akani Simbine again dipped under 10 seconds, grabbing third spot in 9.99, just 0.03 behind American winner Justin Gatlin.
Former national champion Henricho Bruintjies took sixth position in 10.15.
Cornel Fredericks settled for fifth place in the 400m hurdles in 49.32 and LJ van Zyl was seventh in 50.04.
Sunette Viljoen, who completed the South African line-up, ended seventh in the women’s javelin throw (61.38m).
Wenda Nel, who goes in the women’s 400m hurdles race, is the only SA representative in the preliminary start lists for the next leg of the top-flight track and field campaign in London on Sunday.