Fly­ing start to be next Bolt

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

EVERY­ONE wants him to be the next Bolt and Wayde van Niek­erk is at least fol­low­ing a cru­cial part of that script – win­ning gold medals.

Since break­ing the 400m record at last year’s Rio Olympics, the South African has been anointed as the man most likely to take over the man­tle from the re­tir­ing Usain Bolt as the next big thing of track and field. Van Niek­erk’s sec­ond world ti­tle was never in doubt and he even eased down on the line to claim gold in 43.98sec.

Van Niek­erk is at­tempt­ing to win the 400m/ 200m dou­ble, which hasn’t been done at a world cham­pi­onships since Amer­i­can leg­end Michael John­son in Gothen­berg in 1995.

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