World record holder Wayde van Niekerk won his 400m at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday, breaking Michael Johnson’s 21-year-old meet record.
The 24-year-old South African, who set a new world-leading time of 30.81s in the rarely-run 300m in Ostrava last week, breaking the 17-year-old record held by Michael Johnson, clocked 43.62 to win.
Wade Van Niekerk Breaks 300m World Record set by Michael Johnson
Van Niekerk is the only man in history to have run under 10 seconds for the 100m, 20sec for the 200m, and 44sec for the 400m.
The reigning world and Olympic champion have run personal bests in the 100m (9.94sec) and 200m (19.84sec) last month, having run the world-record time of 43.03sec in Rio de Janeiro last August, breaking Michael Johnson’s record.