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Van Niekerk ready for 200m/400m double for new face of athletics


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London, Aug 2, (GNA/dpa) – Wayde van Niekerk
said Wednesday he is ready to become the new face of athletics and aims to
underline it with a rare 200-metre and 400-metre double at the upcoming world
championships.

The 25-year-old South African last year
bettered Michael Johnson’s 400m world record as he won Olympic gold in 43.03
seconds. Now he is adding the 200m in London as he aims to emulate

London, Aug 2, (GNA/dpa) – Wayde van Niekerk
said Wednesday he is ready to become the new face of athletics and aims to
underline it with a rare 200-metre and 400-metre double at the upcoming world
championships.

The 25-year-old South African last year
bettered Michael Johnson’s 400m world record as he won Olympic gold in 43.03
seconds. Now he is adding the 200m in London as he aims to emulate Johnson’s
double from the 1995 worlds and 1996 Olympics.

American Johnson and outgoing sprint superstar
Usain Bolt have named Van Niekirk as the man who can become the new face of the
sport.

“It’s a massive honour to learn and rub
shoulders with Usain. I had the opportunity to build a small relationship. It
gives me a lot of excitement but at the same time a lot of
responsibility,” Van Niekerk told reporters on a rainy afternoon.

Van Niekerk said he was ready for the
gruelling schedule in London from Saturday onwards, with three rounds each in
the 400m and the following 200m – where he won’t be racing Bolt because the
Jamaican is concentrating on the 100m in his final big event.

“The biggest challenge is to finally
apply it. It’s a big challenge for myself,” he said. “I am in my best
shape and can do great things. I have to take it round by round, step by
step.”

GNA


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