Wayde van Niekerk arrives in USA to continue Olympic prep: 'Welcome to the team'

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Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk (Gallo Images)
Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk (Gallo Images)
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South African Olympic hero Wayde van Niekerk has arrived in the United States to continue his Olympic preparation under the guidance of new coach Lance Brauman. 

It is the next step in the 28-year-old's attempt to defend his 400m Olympic title at this year's Games in Tokyo, which get underway in July. 

Van Niekerk, who had spent his entire career under coach Ans Botha before joining Brauman recently, has been struggling to get clearance to travel to the USA but he has now landed in Florida. 

Brauman is also the coach of 200m world champion Noah Lyles and 400m women’s Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who took to Instagram on Tuesday to welcome Van Niekerk to the stable. 

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