World record holder Wayde van Niekerk broke Michael Johnson’s 400m meeting record at the Lausanne Diamond League on Thursday (6) in Lausanne, Swizerland.
The 24 year old led an African 1-2-3 with Baboleki Thebe and former continental record-holder Isaac Makwala from Botswana finishing behind Van Niekerk in second and third respectively.
Niekerk broke Johnson’s time of 43:66 he set in 1996 as crossed the finish line to set the new the new three records of World lead, Diamond League and Meter record with a blistering 43:62.
The 20-year-old Thebe posted a new personal best time of 44.02, with Makwala following in 44.08.
The South African 400m world record-holder has been showing improvements in almost every distance he takes on, racing to new personal bests in the 100m, 200m and 300m so far this season.
He sprinted to a new South African 200m record in Kingston, Jamaica last month with a time of 19.84 before knocking 0.04 off his 100m time of 9.94 in Velenje 10 days later.
Before the Lausanne race, Van Niekerk sprinted to a new 300m world best, breaking yet another Johnson record by posting a time of 30.81 at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting.
1. Wayde van Niekerk (RSA) 1:56.56
2. Baboleki Thebe (BOT) 1:57.38
3. Isaac Makwala (BOT) 1:57.78
4. Vernon Norwood (USA) 1:58.13
5. Michael Cherry (USA) 1:58.69