VAN NIEKERK SETS THE PACE AHEAD OF 400M FINAL

Versatile sprinter Wayde van Niekerk will turn out in defence of his global 400m title on Tuesday night, after securing his place in what is expected to be a hard-fought final at the IAAF World Championships in London.
Van Niekerk, who lines up in the 200m heats on Monday, won his semifinal in 44.22, setting up a clash against a handful of world-class speedsters in the battle for the 400m medals.
Despite the stiff competition he had faced this season, he remained a dominant force in the one-lap event and was set to go into the blocks as the pre-race favourite.
“With all the rounds ahead of me, and all the running, I have to be conservative,” Van Niekerk said.
“With the quality of competition I am running against, it doesn’t make the job easy. I just have to take it step by step and hope for the best.”
In other disciplines, In-Site athletes had mixed results on day three of the biennial track and field showpiece.
After coasting through the heats, Antonio Alkana was unable to progress further, ending fourth in his 110m hurdles semifinal in 13.59 and narrowly missing out on a place in the final after a superb breakthrough season.
Lydia Jele of Botswana qualified for the penultimate round of the women’s 400m event, to be held on Monday, by finishing fourth in her first-round heat in 51.41.

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