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Wayde van Niekerk slows down in home straight, misses out on 400m final

Wayde van Niekerk’s Olympic dream is over after he failed to qualify for the 400m final on Monday.

2021-08-02 03:09:00 PM

.WaydeDreamers Olympic dream is over after he failed to qualify for the 400m final on Monday. Tokyo2020 Olympics TeamSA By ashfakmohamed IOLSport

Wayde van Niekerk’s Olympic dream is over after he failed to qualify for the 400m final on Monday.

After 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada posted a terrific time of 43.88 seconds in the first semi-final, he dragged the rest of the field to quick times, with the top five all under 45 seconds.That meant Van Niekerk either had to finish in the top two in his race, or end third in a time of 44.92 or faster to make the final.

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ALSO READ: 'I'm still in the running for the medal, and that's what's important', says Wayde van NiekerkThe 29-year-old South African went out fast – reminiscent of his approach to the Rio 2016 final from the same lane eight – and was actually in the lead over the opening 250 metres.

But once he got to the final bend, Van Niekerk grimaced and suddenly slowed down dramatically, and that saw Gardiner, Norman and Makwala pass him on his inside.Van Niekerk managed to get to the finish line, but ended fifth in a time of 45.14 seconds, which placed him 12th overall. headtopics.com

The rain started falling soon after that at the Olympic Stadium, resembling the tears flowing from South African fans on social media after Van Niekerk’s performance.Meanwhile, in the women’s 400m hurdles semi-finals, South Africa’s Wenda Nel faced tough conditions as the rain came pelting down towards the end of the evening session in her race.

She was also up against 21-year-old world record-holder, Sydney McLaughlin of the United States, as well as Ukraine’s Anna Ryzhykova.Nel stayed patient and was in touch with the leaders over the first 200m, but then McLaughlin charged forward from the rest of the field to win in 53.03 seconds.

The 33-year-old Nel had to be satisfied with seventh place in 56.35, which matched her performance from the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she also reached the semi-finals. Read more: IOL News »

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