He predicts everything "will come together at the perfect time" in 2021.
Running 20.31 for 200m and 10.10 for 100m in the space of an hour will do that.
*van Niekerk still can't get on a track as the local one is closed in South Africa Why can't country's make an exception for a world record holder?
Botha talks about playing music during training to help athletes find rhythm and says she was so mad after Van Niekerk hurt his knee in a celebrity rugby game that she wanted to "wanted to murder people."
Talking about coaching Botha says, “Life isn’t about the years you’re living; it’s about what you contributed in those years to your fellow human beings. ... I love each and every athlete as if it’s my own child. I try to handle them as human beings with feelings, emotions and to guide them not only on the track but in everyday life. My main goal is that when they leave my coaching, they leave as respectful, balanced and lovable people. ... You have to love it. It asks a lot of sacrificing. You have to be prepared to stand next to that track for hours, in wind and rain and sun and still, at the end of that day, feel that you gained something and you helped someone. If you don’t have that and if you see your athletes as machines, I don’t think you will have the satisfaction of feeling that you achieved something. It has to be about helping another human being reach these goals and dreams.”
The writer takes a shot at Wayde van Niekerk's BBC interview where "needed a live-TV hug, lasting about 20.09 seconds ... before he could jabber again."
MB: The Guardian Mocks Attempts To "Anoint" Wayde van Niekerk
Makwala accused the IAAF of keeping him from the 400 to pave the way for van Niekerk to take gold.
Van Niekerk: “It really did upset me a bit because I have always shown him massive respect and for him to mention my name in something fishy, as an IAAF favourite is unfair. I’ve been putting out great performances for the last two years now so I think I deserve way more respect from my competitors. I want to compete and I’m not here to make friends, so I learned a great lesson, to focus on myself and not letting negative things affect me.”
*Video Interview: Wayde Van Niekerk Gets Emotional After Getting 200m Silver
Guliyev ran 20.09 to beat van Niekerk and Trinidad and Tobago's Jareem Richards by .02 (they were both clocked at 20.11).
*The Independent: Ramil Guliyev Happy To Fly Under The Radar After Shocking Wayde Van Niekerk To Claim 200 Gold Guliyev: "I was competing against some of the best athletes in the world, so it didn’t bother me that the attention was on them. Maybe at the next competition everyone will look at me instead.”
Van Niekerk ran 43.98 to win handily over Bahamas' Steven Gardiner (44.41) and Qatar's Abdalelah Haroun (44.48). NCAA champ Fred Kerley was 7th.
*The Telegraph: "Van Niekerk's Stunning 400m Triumph Overshadowed By Withdrawal Of Rival Isaac Makwala"
*Botswana Federation Criticizes IAAF For Lack Of Communication They say they heard from the media rather than the IAAF and they claim "no medical tests" were conducted, just "generalized assumptions" based on "one symptom." It's also worth noting that a German TJer was allowed to compete even while sick.
*IAAF Statement "The IAAF is very sorry that the hard work and talent of Isaac Makwala won’t be on display tonight but we have to think of the welfare of all athletes."
*Van Niekerk Responds: “As much as we all strive to leave with gold medals we also want to go out there and have best guys on the track with us. It’s such a massive pity. I have lot of sympathy for him."
Van Niekerk: "I’m not after recognition ... That’s not something which motivates me."
Wayde van Niekerk in the 400 is as close to a sure thing as you get while the 400H is the most up in the air.
*Women's Predictions Surprisingly, the bookies are more confident about Elaine Thompson in the 100 than Caster Semenya in the 800. The 1500 is the hardest to call.
Last year in Jamaica, he ran a 31.03 (#3 all-time) - not too far off of Michael Johnson's world best 30.85.
“I’m not someone that necessary likes counting my chickens before they hatch, but at the age of 24, achieving a record that’s been there forever … you still feel that you’ve got so much more to prove."
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