Daily Tribune (Philippines)



LOS ANGELES (AFP) — South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk, the 400-meter world record holder and Olympic champion, said he is decamping to the United States in an effort to boost his chances of a gold medal repeat at the Tokyo Games. The 28-year-old will work at top US coach Lance Brauman’s base at Claremont in Florida and train alongside world 200-meter champion Noah Lyles and Olympic 400-meter gold medalist Shaunae Miller.

Van Niekirk, who took Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 with a world record time of 43.03 seconds, will be leaving behind his longtime training base at Bloemfonte­in.

“I have spent most of my career under the guidance of Tannie Ans Botha at my base in Bloemfonte­in and I can’t express the gratitude for everything she has done to help me get to this point in my career,” the

South African said in a statement.

“I am hoping to break my world record and in order to do that I need to ensure that I am training alongside the world’s best sprinters.”

“So I feel a temporary move to the United States will be in my best interests in the immediate future.”

Van Niekerk, who suffered a serious knee injury at the end of 2017, said he would assess his long-term plans after this summer’s Olympics.

realme Philippine­s tapped the services of the country’s top gamers, shoutcaste­rs and influencer­s to further cement its top in the hierarchy of the local gaming industry.

Austine Huang, realme Philippine­s vice president for marketing, announced that they have already reached an exclusive partnershi­p with gamers Ako si Dogie of Rumble Royale Talents; Renejay, H2WO, Yawi, Jeymz and Exort of Nexplay Solid; and Sumpak of Nexplay Liquid.

They brand also secured a partnershi­p with shoutcaste­rs Sh1nboo, Manjean, Butters, Wolf and Rob Luna, making them a force to be reckoned with in the mobile gaming circuit.

“realme Philippine­s is steadfast in creating opportunit­ies that will enable a new generation of Filipino mobile gamers to pursue their passion,” Huang said in a statement.

“Our strong relationsh­ip with some of the most valued gamers and gaming influencer­s gives us a solid grip on how we can be an active supporter of the local mobile gaming industry.”

Huang added that with the addition of the luminaries in the gaming industry in their powerhouse roster, they would now be able to roll out various campaigns that will inspire and empower more Filipinos to take their gaming experience to the next level.

“We are glad to grow our realme family with Filipino gaming giants,” she said.

“With this, expect that some of the exciting events are on the horizon. We look forward to welcoming new champions this 2021.”

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 ?? JEWEL SAMAD/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ?? WAYDE Van Niekerk moves his training camp to the United States in preparatio­n for the Tokyo Olympics.
JEWEL SAMAD/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE WAYDE Van Niekerk moves his training camp to the United States in preparatio­n for the Tokyo Olympics.

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