World 400m Champion Wayde Van Niekerk will never again participate in double events in future after the completion of World Athletics Championships in London.
The 25 year-old wanted to repeat what Michael Johnson did in 1995 World Championships of winning two golds in 200m/400m which has not been done in the 25 years span.
Niekerk was beaten by Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev who won the first ever championships gold for his country when he crossed the line in 20.09 with the South African taking silver with 20.11 seconds
While speaking to CNN’s World Sport he categorically stated that, “I’d love to improve all three events (100/200/400m), but I’m definitely not doubling up again,” said Van Niekerk.
“I think it was a tough six days for myself.
“I really tried my best to give my best every single day because I knew every day would be a new challenge … I really feel the championship was a success.”
Niekerk now shifts his focus on Weltklasse Zürich which is an annual, invitation-only, world-class track and field meeting that will be held at the Letzigrund in Zürich on August 24.