Van Niekerk breezes into 400m final

Rio de Janeiro - Wayde van Niekerk has cruised into the final of the 400m at Rio 2016 after finishing second in his semi-final at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday (Sunday morning, SA time). 

Van Niekerk ran a time of 44.45 to finish behind Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio, but the 24-year-old took his foot off the gas in the final metres once qualification had been secured. 

Grenada's Kirani James qualified fastest for Sunday's final in a time of 44.02 while America's Lashawn Merritt was second quickest in 44.21. 

Van Niekerk, who qualified fifth fastest overall, is set to compete with those two for gold. 

Lloyd Burnard is Sport24's correspondent in Rio de Janeiro for the duration of the 2016 Olympics ...

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