Aiming to make history in London by becoming the first man in 22 years to win the 200m/400m double at the IAAF World Championships, Wayde van Niekerk took another step forward on Wednesday night by booking his place in the final of the half-lap sprint.
Van Niekerk grabbed third place in his semifinal in 20.28, less than 24 hours after successfully defending his 400m title, progressing safely through to the medal decider, to be held on Thursday evening.
“I knew it would be a tough challenge, so to see my name in the final is a real pleasure,” Van Niekerk said.
“I’ve got time to recover now and give it my all in the final.”
While his close friend and compatriot made it through, Akani Simbine was unable to find top form in the cold and wet conditions, and he settled for seventh place in his semifinal in 20.62.
Earlier in the week, Simbine had done well to progress to the 100m final where he finished in fifth place, but with a niggling hip injury hampered by the conditions, he missed out on a place in the 200m contest.