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Wayde van Niekerk (Getty Images)
Wayde van Niekerk (Getty Images)

Cape Town -South African athletics star Wayde van Niekerk set out on his bid to win the 200 metres world title in impressive fashion on Monday, easing into the semi-finals just 24 hours before he runs in the 400m final.

The 25-year-old - who broke the 400m world record in winning Olympic gold last year - is hoping to emulate American legend Michael Johnson in 1995 by winning 200m and 400m world gold.

Van Niekerk eased up considerably in the straight and enjoyed a playful duel with British runner Daniel Talbot - exchanging grins and then shaking hands just as they crossed the line.

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