By Jody Hendricks
SA’s golden boy Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk set a new 100m personal best at the 22nd edition of the International Athletics Meeting in Velenje, Slovenia on last night.
Van Niekerk ran a time of 9.94, clipping 0.04 from his previous career best.
“I’ve very pleased,” said Van Niekerk, as quoted by the IAAF website.
“It’s my best time and I’m glad the competition ended the wan I wanted it to. This also bodes well for my two main distances.”
In an exclusive interview with me last year, Van niekerk said even though he is the world champion in the 400m, he wants to participate in the 100 and 200m events as well.
The 24-year-old Van Niekerk’s dash was also an all-comers record in Slovenia which elevated him to No 6 on the season’s list.
Van Niekerk is already the only man to have broken the 10-second, 20-second and 44-second barriers in the 100m, 200m and 400m last year.
He has four meetings prior to the much anticipated London World Championships in August.
He will compete in the rarely-run 300m distance at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Ostrava starting on Wednesday, June 28 .
He’ll then participate in the IAAF Diamond League meetings in Lausanne on July 6 and Monaco on July 21.
The 2017 World Championships will take place at London’s Olympic Stadium from August 4-13.