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South African Wayde van Niekerk makes sprinting history

The world 400m champion has become the first man in history to run faster than 10 seconds for 100 metres.

South African sprinter and world 400 metre champion, Wayde van Niekerk. Picture: @WaydeDreamer via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - World 400 metre champion Wayde van Niekerk has become the first man in history to run faster than 10 seconds for 100 metres, 20 seconds for 200 metres and 44 seconds for 400 metres.

The South African sprinter yesterday smashed his personal best in the shorter sprint at the Free State Championships in Bloemfontein.

Van Niekerk, aged 23, has apparently not competed in a 100 metre race since his junior days, so his previous personal best of 10.45, also set in Bloemfontein in 2011, was due for some serious revision.

But he surprised the crowd - and evidently himself - with his sterling performance.

Van Niekerk is the second South African sprinter this week to break the 10 second barrier for 100 metres.

Akani Simbine set a national record of 9.96 in Pretoria on Tuesday.

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