Improving on his personal best by 0.06 seconds, Wayde van Niekerk has broken the 200m South African record set by Anaso Jobodwana in 2015.
Storming to a decisive victory at the Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica yesterday morning, Wayde set the record at 19.84 seconds, 0.03 seconds faster than the previous record. Wayde finished well ahead of Jamaicans Rasheed Dwyer (Commonwealth champion) at 20.11 seconds and Warren Weir at 20.18 seconds.
He had run 19.84 in Boston last week, but the time does not count for record purposes. Races are only eligible for record purposes if the track has a bend and the Boston race was run on a straight track.
Two years ago, Wayde became the first South African to break through the 20-second barrier in the 200m when he blitzed to a time of 19.97 in a ‘B’ final at a meeting in Lucerne. His form in the half-lap event bodes well for his bid at the World Championships in London in August, where he will attempt the 200m-400m double.
The Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica is part of sprinting legend, Usain Bolt’s farewell tour, where he raced in his final 100m in Jamaica. He comfortably won the race in 10.03 seconds.
(Check out the video of the race below)