| Wayde van Niekerk cruises to 200m SA title, needs to salvage ‘aged mentality’ abet

Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk (AFP)

Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk (AFP)

Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk cruised to victory in the boys’s 200m on the final day of the SA Song and Field Championships in Tshwane on Saturday.

Van Niekerk, who was as soon as working in lane five, location the music alight to kind in 20.38 seconds, easing up as he crossed the line on the University of Pretoria.

The 28-yr-aged was as soon as nonetheless 0.14 seconds outside the minimum time desired to
compete on the Olympics in Japan.

Van Niekerk has yet to level as to whether or not he’s going to try to qualify for
the 200 and 400m events on the Tokyo Olympics, or be conscious about the
longer distance.

Seventeen-yr-aged Benjamin Richardson claimed silver in 20.77 seconds, with Nicholas Ferns ending third in 20.83.

Van Niekerk will now fly to Florida to put collectively for July’s Olympics with high American coach Lance Brauman’s contaminated in Claremont.

Speaking to Athletics South Africa, the 400m world fable holder acknowledged he was as soon as composed looking forward to his passport and visa to shuffle back and forth to the US.

“Nowadays, I wasn’t truly looking for to push for anything or any time or anything. Exact to originate the bustle and salvage the utilize,” Van Niekerk acknowledged, as quoted by the Olympics Channel.

“My greatest anxiousness at this moment is precise to salvage that aged mentality again, remembering that I’m a competitor and having the skill to verify after I salvage to the music, I will birth executing my races the fashion I would perhaps additionally composed.”

Meanwhile, SA’s other Olympic contender Ruswahl Samaai leapt to victory in the long leap match when he landed with an 8.16 metre leap.

Jovan van Vuuren (8.02m) and Divan Handbook (7.88m) done 2d and third respectively.

In the ladies folks’s 200m final, Olympian Justine Palframan claimed gold as she stopped the clock in a time of 23.64. Shirley Nekhubui done 2d in 23.77 with Miranda Coetzee taking third-keep (23.83).

Ninenteen-yr-aged Prudence Sekgodiso took home the 800m title in 2: 08.35, with Simonay Weitsz ending intently in the abet of in 2: 08.61. Aviwe Hoboloshe done third with a time of 2: 09.16.

Wenda Nel, who acquired bronze on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games in the 400m hurdles, acquired the bustle in a time of 55.60 seconds. 

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