Back on track: Olympic champ Van Niekerk wins confidence-boosting sprint
Easing his way back from injury, Wayde van Niekerk wins 200m shoot-out in style
Wayde van Niekerk clenched his fist as he edged Akani Simbine to win the 200m shoot-out of the second Athletix Invitational at a wet Ruimsig on Tuesday afternoon.
That signalled the confidence boost his victory over Simbine‚ Anaso Jobodwana and Botswana veteran Isaac Makwala had given him. Van Niekerk’s 20.11 sec time was negated by a 2.11 metre-per-second tailwind that transported a thunder shower into Roodepoort‚ otherwise he would have taken second spot on the world list so far for 2021.
But his effort still injected a healthy dose of self-belief as he held his silky smooth form to hold off Simbine (20.21). Tsebo Matsoso of the University of the Free State was third in 20.48. Makwala was fifth in 20.59 and Jobodwana‚ the 200m world championship bronze medallist in 2015‚ was sixth in a distant 20.74...