GOLDEN DOUBLE: Wayde wins men’s 200m final


Cape Town – Sprinter Wayde van Niekerk has achieved a historic double at the IAAF World Championships in London as he wins the men’s 200m final on Thursday night.

The defending 200m champion won comfortably with his all time best of 19.21 seconds, very close to Usain Bolt’s world record of 19.19 seconds.

Wayde finished first ahead of Isaac Makwala and Jereem Richards who came second and third respectively.

Athletics South Africa President Aleck Skhosana earlier on offered congratulations to Van Niekerk on winning gold and sent well wishes as he attempts the double.

“Congratulations to Wayde Van Niekerk for retaining the title he won at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing,” said Skhosana.

“He will put behind his achievement and focus on the forthcoming 200m semi-finals and final in order to achieve his ambition of doubling in the 400m and 200m.

“We thank the coach and the entire team that supported him throughout the rounds and preparing him to stay focussed in order to win a gold medal for SA.”

After days of competition, Team SA team had secured five medals (three gold, one silver and one bronze).