Van Niekerk, the 400m world record holder, cruised home in 19.84 seconds on an especially built elevated track on
He defeated American BeeJay Lee by 0.33.
“It was challenging,” Van Niekerk told reporters. “To be honest, I thought I did a 400. It was a bit tough.”
The Olympic 400m champion was tuning up to run both the 200 and 400 at August’s world championships in
“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.”
Fellow South African sprint star and Olympic finalist Akani Simbine took part in the 100m on the same track, and finished second behind Keston Bledman of
Bahamian Olympic women’s 400m gold medallist Miller-Uibo wiped out American Allyson Felix’s 200m straightaway world best with another runaway victory.
She finished in 21.76 in taking out Felix’s 2010 best of 22.55 at the
Typically, 200m races are run around a bend, and only those are recognised as world records.
Bowie, a double sprint medallist at
Felix set the previous best of 16.36 at
Suhr claimed second with a vault of 4.50m.
Reuters, Staff Writer