World 400m record-holder Wayde Van Niekerk took a convincing win as he improved his season’s best time at the Racers Grand Prix, a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver level meeting, held at Racers Grand Prix in Kingston in Jamaica.
Van Niekerk who is also the double world champion, clocked his second-fastest time of the year of 44.21, which was slower than the 44.17 he took to win the South African National Championships title in Potchefstroom earlier this year.
The 30 year-old demolished Kirani James’ previous meeting record of 44.35 seconds that he set in 2018.
“This is a consistent start and a positive to work towards. This positive momentum gives me a solid foundation to build upon,” said Van Niekerk.
The 2016 Olympic 400m champion was followed by Jamaica’s Zandrion Barnes who broke the 45-second barrier to cross the finish line in second in 44.90 seconds with the 2016 Rio de Janeiro 4×400 relay team silver medallist, Rusheen McDonald wrapping up the podium three finishes in 45.24.