Qatar‘s sprinter Abdalelah Haroun won bronze medal in the men’s 400 metres final of IAAF World Athletics Championships by clocking 44.48 seconds to finish the race.
While South African Wayde van Niekerk walked away with the gold medal, Bahamas’ Steven Gardiner came in second with 44.41 seconds.
At the London Stadium in London, United Kingdom yesterday, Van Niekerk, who also set the world record when winning Olympic gold in Rio last year, was in imperious form, running a devastating final bend to finish in 43.98 seconds.
“It’s an amazing blessing,” said Van Niekerk, whom Usain Bolt has pegged as his most likely successor as the athlete capable of dominating the track after the Jamaican sprint star’s exit from athletics after these world champs.
“I’ve got a good team that will help me recover after this and I’ll be back tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Botswanan Isaac Makwala was stopped from competing in the race as he was diagnosed with an infectious disease and was ordered to observe a 48-hour quarantine. However, it did not stop him from trying to enter the stadium, but he was refused to get in.
“The IAAF is very sorry that the hard work and talent of Isaac Makwala won’t be on display tonight but we have to think of the welfare of all athletes,” world athletics’ governing body said in a statement.
And so Van Niekerk now turns to the 200m, in which neither Bolt nor the world’s fastest man this season, Makwala, are running.
If Van Niekerk bags the double, he would be the first since the American Michael Johnson achieved the feat at the 1995 worlds in Gothenburg and a year later at the Atlanta Olympics.