Bolt tips Wayde

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

OS­TRAVA. - Record-set­ting Wayde van Niek­erk could be the ath­lete to take over track and field from Usain Bolt, ac­cord­ing to the Ja­maican sprint star him­self.

Bolt is in his final sea­son of a glit­ter­ing ca­reer that has seen him win eight Olympic and 11 world gold medals with a charisma and charm that have made him one of the most recog­nis­able faces in world sport.

The mas­sive void his ab­sence will leave looks most likely to be filled by South African Van Niek­erk, whose per­son­al­ity re­mains con­sid­er­ably less than Bolt’s larger-than-life ver­sion.

The 24-year-old smashed Michael John­son’s world record for the rarely-run 300m at the Golden Spike meet in Os­trava on Wed­nes­day night, clock­ing 30.81 sec­onds.

It was the sec­ond time Van Niek­erk has bet­tered John­son, hav­ing set a new world record of 43.03sec when win­ning Olympic 400m gold in Rio last year.

Asked whether the South African, also the cur­rent world 400m cham­pion but an ath­lete who has clocked 19.84sec in the 200m and 9.94sec in the 100m, is his likely suc­ces­sor, Bolt was de­fin­i­tive. - AFP.

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