Defending champion Wayde van Niekerk led the charge for In-Site athletes on Tuesday evening, storming to another impressive victory in the men’s 400m final and retaining his title on the fifth day of the IAAF World Championships in London.
Well clear down the home straight, with Wednesday’s 200m semifinals on the back of his mind, Van Niekerk eased off approaching the line but still won comfortably in 43.98 seconds.
He was 0.43 ahead of Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas, who took the silver medal.
“It is amazing to win the world title again,” Van Niekerk said after the race.
“It is a blessing and I hope the fans enjoyed that.”
Hoping to emulate American great Michael Johnson by winning the long-sprint double, Van Niekerk remained confident of his chances in the 200m event.
“I’m used to the lactic (acid in my legs) but I need to recover from that effort and I’ll be fine,” he said.
“I’ve got a good team who will help me recover well for the 200m and I’m looking forward to that.”
Earlier, World Student Games 400m champion Justine Palframan did well to progress beyond the first round of the women’s 200m event, taking fourth place in her race in 23.35.
She was set to compete again in the half-lap semifinals on Thursday.