Wayde Van Niekerk returns with victory

VELENJE, Slovenia – Olympic gold medalist and World record holder at 400m Wayde Van Niekerk showed top speed at the 22nd Velenje International Meet (EA Classic) on Sunday (20 June).

On a brand new track, Van Niekerk won the men’s 100m and improved his personal best from last year by 0.04 to 9.94secs (+0.9m/s wind). It is also 6th fastest time of 2017.

His teammates, Emile Erasmus ran 10.12 for second and Henricho Bruintjies, 10.14 for third place.

Another highlight was the discus winning mark achieved by Olympic winner Sandra Perkovic with 69.58m (2nd best of the season). She also had marks of 69.53m and 68.74m.

World medalist Amel Tuka won the 800m in 1:45.34 over Antoine Gakeme 1:46.08.

Isaac Makwala from Botswana was timed with excellent 45.12 in the 400m. Turkish record holder and World leader Eda Tugsuz won the javelin 63.93m over home star Martina Ratej 61.14m.


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