Athletics

Wayde van Niekerk sets his sights on 2021

Wayde van Niekerk
Wayde van Niekerk
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Following a number of successful races towards the backend of 2020, Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk will now take a break from competition as he sets his sites on 2021 and the Tokyo Olympics.

Van Niekerk only managed one race overseas in 2020 after further participation was halted due to Covid-19 restrictions.

He did, however run over a number of distances at Athletics Central North West league meetings in Potchefstroom over the last few weeks.

Van Niekerk clocked 45.89 seconds over 400m earlier this month as well as 6.62 in a 60m sprint event last week.

"We did consider competing again in Potch this week, but we've achieved what we had hoped to get out of these last couple of races," said Van Niekerk following his decision to focus on next year.

"We know what to focus on now, so we can go back to training and concentrate on preparing for the 2021 season. I look forward to racing again next year," he added.

Van Niekerk ended the 2020 campaign with satisfactory season's bests of 6.62 (60m), 10.10 (100m), 20.31 (200m) and 45.58 (400m).

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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