Van Niekerk qualifies at last for Tokyo, but Semenya misses again
The qualifying window for track and field ends on June 29
The good news is that Wayde van Niekerk finally qualified in the 400m for the Tokyo Olympics, but the bad news is that he was beaten on the line in Madrid on Saturday night.
The reigning Games champion and owner of the 43.03 sec world record, clocked 44.56 sec, his fastest time since before he injured his right knee in late 2017. He led from the start, but Colombian Anthony Jose Zambrano chased him down on the home straight to steal the win in a 44.51 personal best.
Van Niekerk has a little over a month to wring out the ring rust that was on show in Spain, but given how he’s come through a tough month or two, he can’t be written off yet...