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VAN NIEKERK BREAKS LAP WORLD RECORD

THE SOUTH AFRICAN’S 43.03 BEATS MICHAEL JOHNSON’S LONG-STANDING ONE-LAP MARK

400M

WHEN Michael Johnson set the world 400m record of 43.18 at the 1999 World Championships, everyone in the stadium in Seville was awestruck and realised it was a mark destined to stand the test of time. The American’s arms and legs powered around the Spanish track like pistons in frighteningly fast fashion. Seville’s nickname is ‘the frying pan of Europe’ and temperatures during the event nudged 40C, but Johnson’s run was the hottest of the championships.

Wayde van Niekerk: lets the world know what he’s done

For many it was an almost untouchable record and not many people expected it to fall during the Rio Olympics. So when Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa scorched to gold in 43.03 it drew a huge, collective gasp from the crowd. The world record had fallen and the 24-year-old has beaten 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada and LaShawn Merritt for good measure.

Final bend: the top three were roughly level before the winner pulled away
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RIO 2016 COVERAGE MEN 6 100m 10 400m 14 800m 16 10,000m 20 Pole vault 22 Long jump 24 Discus 26 20km walk WOMEN 30 100m 32 400m 34 10,000m 36 3000m steeplechase 38 Heptathlon 42 Marathon 44 Triple jump 45 Shot put 46 Hammer NEWS 52 Hudson-Smith arrives on world stage 54 Rooney motivated by Yousif injury 56 Ultra runner’s continental challenge PERFORMANCE 58 Sports science latest 60 Coach Insight – Matt Yates 62 Safety in throws events RESULTS & FIXTURES 64 Results round-up 77 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 50 YOUNG ATHLETE Javelin thrower Bethany Moule 76 QUIZ CORNER Test your Olympic knowledge 82 DIP FINISH Shot champ out to change event’s image