Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m at the World Athletics Championships 2022
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BIRMINGHAM, UK (July 28) — World record holder Wayde van Niekerk is not on the entry list for the men’s 400 meters at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK, which will be held from 28 July to 8 August. Read more:Commonwealth Games 2022 women’s 200m entry list; Christine Mboma among confirmed entrants

Van Niekerk, who has been slowly working his way back to form after a series of injury setbacks in the last few seasons, was very optimistic about competing at Birmingham 2022 in the build-up to World Athletics Championships earlier this month, but the South African was not named in the team that traveled to Birmingham.

“I was, unfortunately, not selected to represent South Africa at the Commonwealth games this time around, so we shift our minds to the later part of the season and finish the season off healthy,” he wrote on Twitter.

The 30-year-old finished second in the one-lap event at the 2014 edition behind Grenada’s Kirani James and didn’t advance beyond the semi-finals of the 200m in Glasgow. Read more: How to watch the Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony?

However, since then, Van Niekerk has won two world titles and an Olympic gold medal, in addition to setting the world record at 43.03 seconds at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

He finished 5th in the 400m final at the World Athletics Championships 2022 in Oregon, this month and has a season-best of 44.58.

Who is the favorite to win the Commonwealth Games 2022 men’s 400m title?

So, with Van Niekerk clearly out of the picture, home favorite Matthew Hudson-Smith, the world bronze medalist from Eugene, and current British national record holder, will start as the gold medal favorite after his excellent form thus far.

The lineup also includes Bayapo Ndori of Bostwana, the sixth place finisher in Oregon, Barbados’ Jonathan Jones, who was 8th in the final, as well as South semi-finalist Africa’s Zakithi Nene and Jamaica’s Nathon Allen, plus Emmanuel Korir of Kenya.

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Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for World Athletics

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  1. CORRECTION:
    Kirani James was the silver medallist in Eugene, OR.

    “So, with Van Niekerk clearly out of the picture, home favorite Matthew Hudson-Smith, the world silver medalist from Eugene, and current British national record holder, will start as the gold medal favorite after his excellent form thus far.”

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