Wayde Van Niekerk, photo by Photo Run.net
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World and Olympic 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk believes he could become the first athlete in history to break the 43-second mark in the 400m. “I feel that like it’s really, the beginning of so much I can do as athlete, so why not believe in getting that sub-43 but at the same time, it’s going to take even more hard work and discipline but I believe I can, why not?” he said. Van Niekerk also said he is still toying with the idea of contesting both the 200m and 400m at the World Championships in London. “I would really love to but I’m sure, only time can tell. I’ll definitely put in the hard work, I would love to double, if there are opportunities there, I’ll take it.
RunBlogRun Opines: Wayde Van Niekerk is capable of breaking 43 seconds. Last summer, while we were doing the Mo & Larry show, Maurice Greene told me that Wayde Van Niekerk is the near perfect 400 meter racer. “The guy has shown he will give his all to race the distance. How do you compete against that?” Greene’s comments were prescient then, before the 400 meter final in Rio, and are even more valuable now. Wayde Van Niekerk in the London Olympic stadium, this coming August, could be an amazing race!
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