Wayde van Niekerk was the star performer at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday night, leading a trio of In-Site athletes as they put up a fight against the world’s best sprinters.
Pacing himself well in his first international 400m race of the season, the world record holder covered the one-lap distance in 43.62 seconds to secure another historic victory, taking 0.04 off the meeting record held by American great Michael Johnson which had been set 21 years earlier.
He also clocked the fastest ever 400m time at a Diamond League event, climbing to the top of the 2017 world rankings.
“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.”
Meanwhile, fellow sprinters Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies pushed their opponents to the line in the men’s 100m race.
Simbine finished third in 9.99, just 0.03 behind Justin Gatlin of the United States who took the win.
Bruintjies again proved he was in the best shape of his career, finishing sixth in 10.15.
“It’s important to be consistent in the build-up to the IAAF World Championships in London next month, and all three of these men are showing tremendous consistency,” said Peet van Zyl of In-Site Athlete Management.
“Well done to these athletes on delivering great performances once again. They have had superb seasons thus far, and I’m sure there is still plenty to come from all of them.”