World Athletics: Wayde van Niekerk Becomes South Africa's First Sprint Champion

Updated: 26 August 2015 20:35 IST

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk stormed to victory in the 400m in Beijing.

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Wayde Van Niekerk 400m sprint
Wayde Van Niekerk became the first sprint champion from South Africa.

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scorched to a remarkable victory in the men's 400m at the world championships in Beijing on Wednesday. (Latest Athletics News from Beijing)

Van Niekerk became South Africa's first world sprint champion as he stormed around the one-lap race in 43.48 seconds, becoming the fourth fastest athlete in the event and the quickest non-American.

A loaded field saw defending champion Lawshawn Merritt, who also won the world title in Berlin in 2009, timed a personal best of 43.65sec for silver, while Grenada's Olympic champion Kirani James claimed bronze in a season's best of 43.78sec.

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