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South African van Niekerk creates sprinting history

Sunday, 13 March 2016 00:15

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk has become the first athlete to run under 10 seconds for the 100m, 20 seconds for the 200m and 44 seconds for 400m.

Van Niekerk ran 100m in 9.98 seconds in Bloemfontein on Saturday to add to his 19.94 personal best over 200m and 400m world title-winning 43.48.

The 23-year-old was helped by a legal 1.5m/sec tailwind and 1,300m altitude.

"Wow! Finally reaching my dream of sub 10," Van Niekerk wrote on Instagram alongside a video of the race.

Former world and Olympic 200m and 400m champion Michael Johnson wrote on Twitter: "Sub 10, sub 20, sub 44. That's crazy. Great things could be ahead for Dwayne."

Van Niekerk will only run the 400m at the Olympics in Rio this summer.

Source: BBC