Main News

Olympic champion van Niekerk wins 400m in Luzern

Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk won the men's 400m race in Luzern, on Tuesday as he continues to prepare to defend his Olympic title in Tokyo.

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa wins the Men's 400 metres at the world championships

LUZERN, Switzerland — Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk continued his preparations for this summer’s Tokyo Olympic Games with a 400m winning performance at the 2021 Spitzen Leichtathletik meeting, held at the Stadion Allmend in Luzern, Switzerland, on Tuesday night.

Van Niekerk, who is looking to improve his competitive shape ahead of the Games in Japan next month, clocked 44.87 seconds to win the race after pulling away from the rest of the field in the final 100m.

The South African who owns the world record at 43.03 seconds, set on his way to winning the Olympic title at the 2016 Rio Games, would have hoped to improve on his season-best of 44.56s at the Meeting Madrid 2021 in Spain on June 19, but he will be happy to finish the race in good health.

READ MORE: Wayde van Niekerk runs 44.56 in season opener in Madrid

Crossing the finishing line behind van Niekerk was Irishman Christopher O’Donnell who clocked a personal best of 45.55s while third place went to American Vernon Norwood, the fifth-place finisher at the recently concluded 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

The men’s 100m, in the meantime, was won by South African sprinter Akani Simbine with his fellow countryman Thando Dlodlo following home.

Simbine took the victory in 10.11 seconds (-0.2m/s) running into a slight headwind, as the runner-up spot went to Dlodlo with a time of 10.20s.

The women’s 100m was captured by Ivorian world bronze medalist Marie-Josee Ta Lou who posted a time of 11.09s (-0.4m/s) to beat Swiss sprinter Mujinga Kambundji (11.24) and the USA’s Kayla White (11.31). The Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers continued to struggle with her form this season after she only finished fourth in 11.41.

READ LSU coach Shaver expects Noah Williams to return next season

In the field events action, 2015 World Championships gold medalist Johannes Vetter of Germany picked up the win in the men’s Javelin throw with a mark of 92.14m, with two-time Olympic champion and reigning Games silver medalist Valerie Adams of New Zealand, staying undefeated this outdoor season by picking up her sixth victory with an 18.91m effort to win the women’s Shot Put.

Elsewhere, European champion Christin Hussong of Germany threw 64.02m for first place in the women’s Javelin contest, compatriot Samantha Borutta won the Hammer competition with a mark of 69.38m, while Ruswahl Samaai of South Africa took the men’s long jump with an effort of 8.06m.

About The Author

Gary Smith || World-Track Content Manager and Lead Reporter

Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for He has over 20 years of running experience, as well as 12 years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, European Athletics, Cayman Net News, AFP, and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of and Smith holds a degree in Communication and Journalism. Twitter | LinkedIn | News Break Writer

You Might Also Enjoy...

Lamont Marcell Jacobs after winning the Olympic 100m title in Tokyo

Lamont Jacobs wins 100m: Lucca International Meeting 2024 Results

Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy won the men's 100m at the 3rd Lucca International Meeting 2024 meeting, clocking 10.07 secs on May 19. Full results and recap.

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone wins 400m at the USATF Championships in World-Leading Marks

McLaughlin-Levrone Set to Make Statement Over 400m Hurdles at 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials

American sprinter Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone will race in the 400m hurdles at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials, an event she hasn't contested since breaking the world record in 2022.

Great Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the heptathlon at the world athletics championships

Britain’s Johnson-Thompson Wins High Jump, Finishes Sixth in Hurdles in Loughborough

Katarina Johnson-Thompson continued her Paris 2024 preparations with a win and 6th place finishes at the 2024 Loughborough International Athletics Meet.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share to...