Wayde Van Niekerk Breaks World Record* in 300m

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by LetsRun.com
June 28, 2017

Wayden Van Niekerk ran 30.81 at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meet in the Czech Republic to break Michael Johnson’s previous world record* in the 300m of 30.85.

Prior to tonight only 2 men, Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt (30.97 in Ostrava in 2010), had been under 31 seconds for 200m.

Van Niekerk got a great start, and powered to the line. He was racing the clock.

From his reaction on seeing the time, he must have thought he could run faster as he didn’t react like a guy who had beaten a world record.

Video of race:

Full results

Rank AthleteNationResultReaction time
1VAN Niekerk WaydeRSA
WR, MR, NR, PB30.81
0.152
2MAKWALA IsaacBOT
PB31.44
0.217
3MUNYAI ClarenceRSA
PB31.61
0.155
4MASLÁK PavelCZE
NR, PB31.80
0.190
5BRENES NeryCRC
 32.22
 
6OMELKO RafałPOL
PB32.23
 
7BONEVACIA LiemarvinNED
PB32.25
 
8ŠORM PatrikCZE
PB32.50
0.189

*The IAAF does not officially recognize a world record at 300m, but this is a legitimate distance since the names Bolt, Johnson and van Niekerk are in the record book, so for the sake of the fans it needs to be referred to as a world record.

Van Niekerk on his way to 300m world record

Van Niekerk on his way to 300m world record

 

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The finish

The finish

 

 


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