Evan Jager

Wayde Van Niekerk eases up and still wins easily in 400 meters

Wayde Van Niekerk eases up and still wins easily in 400 meters

Wayde van Niekerk didn't even push through the line to win the 400 meters at the world championships on Tuesday. After all, his semifinal heat in the 200 is coming on Wednesday.

Much like Usain Bolt at his best, Van Niekerk can cruise even against the best in the world.

The South African now has two world titles, OIympic gold and the world record in the 400, not to mention an aura starting to approach that of the Jamaican great.

“After this, it is back tomorrow,” Van Niekerk said, looking ahead as he lay on the track trying to relax his legs.

The only thing missing Tuesday was his toughest opponent, Isaac Makwala. The Botswanan runner, who came down with a...

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