Olympic 400 meter record holder, Wayde Van Niekerk, easily won the 200 meter straightaway race during the 2017 Adidas Boost Boston Games on Sunday.
Defeating American BeeJay Lee by 0.33 seconds, he cruised home in 19.84 seconds on an especially built elevated track that enabled fans to watch up close.
He slowed down near the end of the race and missed the world record of 19.19 (held by Usain Bolt) by 0.6 seconds. He generally slows down when he is too far ahead to avoid unnecessary stress on his body.
Wayde confessed that the race was challenging. “To be honest, I thought I did a 400. It was a bit tough,” Wayde told reporters.
“I’ve still got a lot of work to do and have a lot of areas I need to look into,” he said. “But it was a positive win for me today.”
Wayde is currently warming up to take on both the 200 and 400 meter at August’s world championships in London.
(Watch the video of the race below and scroll down for the interview)
Source: www.IOL.co.za (edited)
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