Wayde for it! It’s an­other stun­ner!

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - OCKERT DE VIL­LIERS

VOWING to pro­duce the “ridicu­lous”, Wayde van Niek­erk mace true on his prom­ise as he smashed the 300m world best at the Os­trava Golden Spike with a time of 30.81 sec­onds.

Van Niek­erk erased yet an­other Michael John­son world mark when he knocked 0.04secs off the time the Amer­i­can set in Pre­to­ria back in 2000.

Bunny-hop­ping past Ja­maican leg­end Usain Bolt and John­son on the all-time list, Van Niek­erk im­proved his pre­vi­ous African mark of 31.03secs.

Rac­ing ahead of Bolt’s first Euro­pean race of the sea­son, Van Niek­erk also erased the Ja­maican’s meet record to sig­nal a chang­ing of the guard.

Lin­ing up next to Van Niek­erk, com­pa­triot Clarence Mun­yai smashed his South African 300m mark in what ap­pears to be a new world ju­nior best of 31.61.

The pre­vi­ous world ju­nior best of 32.08 held by Amer­ica’s Steve Lewis’ was posted in a one-lap race. Mun­yai took more than a sec­ond off the na­tional ju­nior best of 32.87 he clocked ear­lier this year. On the eve of the meet­ing, Van Niek­erk told the me­dia he would take a stab at John­son’s world best.

“It’s not re­ally an of­fi­cial event, so I’m go­ing to go out there and be ridicu­lous , I’ve got noth­ing to lose,” Van Niek­erk said.

“It’s the only 300m of the year … I’ll try and give you a show.”

Van Niek­erk is mak­ing a habit of eras­ing John­son’s global marks af­ter he smashed the Amer­i­can’s 400m record at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He raced to an in­cred­i­ble 43.03secs at the Olympic Games knock­ing 0.15 off John­son’s pre­vi­ous mark.

The South African is mak­ing the strong­est pos­si­ble state­ment that he is the heir ap­par­ent to Bolt’s throne as the world’s spring­ing king.

Boast­ing per­sonal best of 9.94 sec­onds in the 100m and 19.84 in the 200m, Van Niek­erk has proven his in­cred­i­ble abil­ity over the shorter dis­tance too.

He is the only man to have gone un­der 10, 20, 31, and 44sec in the 100, 200, 300, and 400m dis­tances.

It also proved to be a break­through evening for 100m hur­dles aced Rikenette Steenkamp, who dipped be­low 13 sec­onds for the first time.

Steenkamp fin­ished sec­ond in her short hur­dles fi­nal post­ing a new per­sonal best of 12.99 edg­ing her within 0.05secs of Corien Botha’s na­tional record.

She stopped the clock 0.01sec short of the A-qual­i­fy­ing time for the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don in Au­gust.

Steenkamp fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Ger­many’s Pamela Dutkiewicz clock­ing a win­ning time of 12.72.

Ear­lier, fe­male sprinter Alyssa Con­ley raced to sec­ond place in the half-lap sprint post­ing a time of 23.03 sec­onds. Con­ley fin­ished be­hind Marie Ta Lou of Ivory Coast, cross­ing in a time of 22.44.

South African 110m hur­dlers record-holder An­to­nio Alkana’s did not quite go ac­cord­ing to plan as he knocked the fifth hur­dle be­fore clip­ping the sixth to fin­ish in fourth place in 13.37sec.

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