South African world 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk won the men’s 400m at Tuesday’s (15 Sept) Galà dei Castelli in Bellinzona, Switzerland.

Wayde van Niekerk, who won the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 400m title in a world record 43.03s, topped Tuesday’s event in 45.58.

The South African star, who entered the straight in fifth, was running his third 400m race since suffering injury whole playing football back in 2017.

“Back at it,” Van Niekerk wrote on Instagram. “Forgot how to race for a moment, but it’s lovely being back on track.”

Joacjem Dobber of Netherland was second to van Niekerk in 45.78 and karol Zalewski of Poland, third in 46.03.

American Aaron Mallett won the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.34 ahead of Jason Joseph, 13.40 and Antonio Alkana of South Africa, also 13.40.

Ajla Del Ponte topped the women’s 100m in 11.18 ahead of Kristal Awuah, 11.33 and Amy Hunt, 11.41.

Lieke Klaver ran 22.96 to win the women’s 200m ahead of Marije van Hunenstijn, 23.01.


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Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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  1. Hello. I have just finished reading an article about Wayde Van Niekerk and his world record time in th e 400 meters! He’s only run under 44 seconds 3 times during his career but the article is putting him above Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt who both were unmatched during their careers. His 43.03 Olympic and World record was run four years ago. His comeback race last week was a little under 46 in the 400 meters. The article also mentioned his times in the 100, 200 and 300, none of which is faster than Bolt! (although there is mention that he has the fastest 300 of all time) His performances to date do not make him better than Bolt or Johnson! There are young guns on the horizon who he has to eventually deal with. That will be the true test!!

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