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Wayde van Niekerk Clocks 44.58 at Stars and Stripes Classic – Video

Wayde van Niekerk Clocks 44.58 at Stars and Stripes Classic – Video – At the Saturday Stars and Stripes Classic 2022 American Track League event in Marietta, Georgia, Wayde van Niekerk debuted his 2022 campaign. The 400-meter race winner, who holds the world record, finished in 44.58 seconds.

The South African, who has struggled with ailments ever since winning the World and Olympic titles in 2017 and 2016 respectively, was supposed to run the 200m in Italy in June but withdrew from the competition. read more

Van Niekerk exploded out of the blocks, and after the 200 meters, he began to draw away from the competition to win the race in 44.58 with ease.

“The plan was to try and execute my race as comfortably as possible coming off of consecutive niggles and injuries,” 400m World record holder Van Niekerk told ESPN after the race.

“I tried to keep it as smooth as possible for as long as I could, but as you know as you get to the home-straight you have to pick it up a bit and finish strong so it gave me a reason to fight to the finish line and I am quite satisfied with the results,” he added. read more

Rusheen McDonald of Jamaica came in second place with 45.43 seconds, beating his compatriot Demish Gaye, who clocked 45.47 for third place.

Van Niekerk, who is planning to compete at this month’s World Athletics Championships in Oregon, moved to 13th place on the 2022 season list, led by USA’s Michael Norman with 43.56 seconds.

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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