Van Niekerk storms to 400m gold – highlights & report

Media playback is not supported on this device

World Athletics Championships on the BBC
Venue: London Stadium Dates: 4-13 August
Coverage: Live across BBC One and Two, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and app. Click for times

Wayde van Niekerk stormed to the first part of his golden double as he defended his world 400 metres title with a dominant display.

With one of his main rivals Isaac Makwala absent after being excluded controversially on medical grounds, Olympic champion and world record holder Van Niekerk left the rest of the field in his wake, underlining his status as the sport’s new superstar in the post-Bolt world.

The South African’s time of 43.98 seconds was almost a second down on the astonishing record he set a year ago in Rio, but he was still 0.43secs clear of Steven Gardiner in second and the fast-finishing Abdalelah Haroun in third.

Breaking News & Stories Straight to Your Inbox!
Join our Mailing List Today
By joining our list you agree to receive no more than 3 email newsletters per week. Our partners may send you promotions and offers based on your preferences. You may unsubscribe at any time! We will never share your information without consent.