Weide van Niekerk kept his medal hopes alive with another convincing effort early Thursday morning (SAT time) when the world record holder booked himself a place in the men’s 400m final at World Championships in Athletics in Eugene.
While trying to recover from a serious knee injury, Van Niekerk showed his best form in preliminary races earlier in the week.
Back on the track, he again reached the semi-finals without any problems, finishing in second place with a time of 44.75 seconds and qualifying for the medal draw on Saturday morning.
Earlier, on the sixth day of the athletics competition, Caster Semenya’s campaign came to an end.
The three-time 800m world champion, who did not compete in the women’s event for two rounds, has always faced a serious battle to reach the 5000m final.
She ultimately placed 13th in her heat in 15:46.12, far out of place in the final.
Although the South African team had yet to win a medal and there were still four days of competition left in Eugene, Luxolo Adams was set to chase the podium in the men’s 200m final at 4:50 am on Friday.