Van Niekerk breezes to gold in the 400
Wayde van Niekerk didn’t even push through the line to win the 400 meters at the world championships in London on Tuesday. After all, his semifinal heat in the 200 is Wednesday. The South African now has two world titles, Oiympic gold and the world record in the 400, not to mention an aura starting to approach that of Usain Bolt.
Van Niekerk was missing his toughest opponent, Isaac Makwala. The Botswanan runner, who came down with a stomach virus, was kept out of the final because organizers wanted him in quarantine.
Running just inside Makwala’s empty Lane 7, Van Niekerk kept up a sustained pace until easing at the finish. He still produced a sub 44second time, winning in 43.98 seconds. Silver medalist Steven Gar- diner of the Bahamas was .43 seconds behind and Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar finished in 44.48 for bronze.
Meantime, Kenya continued its dominance in the steeplechase. Conseslus Kipruto got his nation another gold medal with an unmatchable kick over the final 300 meters, leaving him enough of a gap to celebrate exuberantly down the final stretch. Kipruto easily held off Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco to win in 8:14.12. Evan Jager of the United States, who led much of the way, took bronze.
The United States got gold in the pole vault when Sam Kendricks was the only man to scale 19 feet 6 inches.
Pierre-Ambroise Bosse of Franche earned the upset of the evening when he took the lead with 200 meters to go in the 800-meter final and hung on for gold.
Tori Bowie pulled out of the women’s 200 with injury. The lunge at the line that helped the American win gold in the 100 on Sunday left her hurting. Pulling out Tuesday may also help her get ready for the 400 relay this weekend. Gase and return to the game.
“It felt right,” Cutler said. “Going into work and getting here and going through the motions of the practice, it felt good. I told Adam thanks for bringing me in. It’s fun to be back out here.”
Cutler, who parted with the Chicago Bears in March, agreed to delay his fledgling network TV career when he signed a $10-million, oneyear contract with Miami. He’s expected to start in place of Ryan Tannehill, who is out with a knee injury likely to sideline him for the entire season.
The Green Bay Packers released defensive lineman Letroy Guion, ending a three-plus year tenure in Green Bay marked by offfield problems. Guion was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Hawaii in June. In an unrelated incident, the NFL suspended him without pay for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating a policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Dick MacPherson, 86, who turned around Syracuse’s struggling football program in the 1980s as head coach of the Orange, died Tuesday at home in Syracuse, N.Y.
In 1987, he led Syracuse to a No. 4 national ranking and an 11-0-1 mark, blemished only by a tie with Auburn in the Sugar Bowl, and was named national college coach of the year by several organizations.
Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard was eliminated in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, losing to Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4. American teenager Catherine Bellis rallied to defeat Julia Goerges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
In Montreal, American Sam Querrey defeated qualifier Vincent Millot of France 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5.