On Wednesday night in Ostrava, he did it again. He broke another World Record, this time, in the 300m.
The event is not run very often, so it’s no surprise that the record had been standing for 17 years. Set in 2000 by American Michael Johnson in Pretoria.
“I’m so pleased and grateful for this big achievement,” said Van Niekerk, whose first professional appearance on the IAAF circuit was over 400m at Ostrava.
“Thanks to all the people of Ostrava for this wonderful meeting. I’m honoured to be a small part of history.
“I have to rest a little but after that I hope I can continue to make babysteps to be better day by day.”
Van Niekerk continues to reach dizzy heights in athletics and has these personal bests in other sprint events:
100m – 9.94
400m – 43.03
What a legend.
AFP reported that Van Niekerk will aim to double up in the August 4-13 World Athletics Championships, in the 200 and 400m, meaning a packed racing programme of six back-to-back days of competition.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” he insisted.
“I have faith in my coach, I just go out and try to execute to the best of my ability.
“This world record is a blessing. It’s a massive confidence booster,” he acknowledged, dubbing it an “honour” to twice better Johnson.