Another sub 10 fin­ish as Wayde proves why he’s the best

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - OCK­ERT DE VIL­LIERS

DROP­PING his sec­ond sub10 sec­ond time of his ca­reer, Wayde van Niek­erk proved he is the sprint king ap­par­ent in Ve­lenje, Slove­nia.

Van Niek­erk raced to a per­sonal best time of 9.94 sec­onds to show­case his phe­nom­e­nal range over all sprint dis­tances.

It was a red-let­ter day for the South African sprint­ers as they claimed a 1-2-3 fin­ish.

Fin­ish­ing be­hind Van Niek­erk, Emile Eras­mus clocked 10.12 with Hen­ri­cho Bru­in­tjies bag­ging bronze in 10.14.

Van Niek­erk im­proved his per­sonal best which he set in March 2016 by 0.04 to con­firm his sta­tus as one of the world’s great­est sprint­ers of all time.

He has demon­strated in­cred­i­ble ver­sa­til­ity in the 100, 200, and 400m and is the only man to have gone sub-10, -20, and -44 times over all three dis­tances re­spec­tively.

Van Niek­erk has been rip­ping up the track in the 200m this sea­son boast­ing a worldlead­ing and South African record time of 19.84 sec­onds he posted just over a week ago in Kingston, Ja­maica.

He has been fly­ing be­low the radar in his spe­cial­ist onelap sprint this sea­son and will get into the blocks in the 300m at the Os­trava Golden Spike meeting at the end of the month be­fore lin­ing up in his first international 400m race of the sea­son Lau­sanne in July.

Top 100m hur­dles Rikenette Steenkamp came painstak­ingly closer to breach­ing 13 sec­onds win­ning her race in a time of 13.03 sec­onds.

Steenkamp was 0.01 off the per­sonal best she posted in Potchef­stroom to claim the na­tional ti­tle. She fell just short of post­ing the B-qual­i­fy­ing stan­dard 12.98 sec­onds but would have to break the na­tional record to meet the B-stan­dard of 13.77.

Dou­ble 100-200m na­tional cham­pion Alyssa Con­ley was dis­qual­i­fied in her first international half-lap race of the sea­son. Tamzin Thomas won her race in a time of 23.82. Long jumper Lynique Prinsloo fin­ished fourth with a best of 6.25m

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