Van Niekerk to have shot at 0/400 world double

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South African sprinter Wayde Van Niekerk, seen in 2016, said in January he was “definitely definitely doing the 200m in addition to 400m in London” © AFP/File / VALERY HACHE

LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 13 – South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk will possess the chance to emulate Michael Johnson’s feat of winning the 0 in addition to 400 metres at the same World Championships following adjustments to the schedule for August’s edition in London.

The first day of a two-day meeting of the council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) saw the global governing body announce Wednesday that will the opening round of the men’s 0 metres has been moved by day several (August 8) to day four (August 7).

Previously, the 400m final was set to start just hours after the 200m heats, with both races scheduled for late evening on August 8.

right now Van Niekerk is actually on course to go against sprint great Usain Bolt, a recent training partner, inside 200m in what is actually set to be the Jamaican’s final major competition before retirement.

The 2017 World Championships will take place at London’s Olympic Stadium by August 4-13.

IAAF president Sebastian Coe said he was “delighted” that will the council had made This kind of possible for Olympic 400m champion Van Niekerk, who at last year’s Rio Games smashed American track legend Johnson’s 17-year-old world record for the one lap event of 43.18 seconds by winning gold in a time of 43.03, to have a crack at the double in London.

“These double headers create great excitement among both athletes in addition to fans,” said British middle-distance ace Coe, the Olympic 1500m champion at both the 1980 in addition to 1984 Games in Moscow in addition to Los Angeles respectively.

Johnson completed his 200m/400m double at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg.

Van Niekerk, who back in January said he was “definitely definitely doing the 200m in addition to 400m in London”, added that will training with Bolt, a 100m in addition to 200m runner, had encouraged him to think big, including running the first sub 43-second 400m.

“A window opened,” he told The Times on Tuesday.

“Why not achieve what they can? When the clock stopped at 43.03 I had no choice yet to think of going under 43. To dream of 43.02 would likely make no sense.”

Meanwhile Coe, who played a key role in bringing the 2012 Olympics to London, was proud the globe Championships would likely right now be staged there in addition to on the same site as well.

“This kind of summer’s World Championships are close to my heart. Twelve years ago London won the right to host the 2012 Olympic in addition to Paralympic Games. that will decision led to the building of the Olympic Park in addition to the stadium in addition to a decision to keep the track after the Games.

“This kind of in turn meant that will London could bid for in addition to host This kind of summer’s championships.”

Coe, whose time at the top of the IAAF has been dominated by the fall-out by revelations of state-sponsored doping in Russia, added: “I see a vibrant community space, the former athletes’ village redeveloped into housing in addition to a series of world-class sporting venues being used by Londoners on a daily basis in addition to hosting international sporting events.

“This kind of was the dream we all had over a decade ago.”

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Van Niekerk to have shot at 0/400 world double

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