Wayde Van Niekerk is the only man to have broken the 10-second, 20-second and 44-second barriers in the 100, 200 and 400m last year. And he has done it again! However, this time he aimed to compete in the rarely-run 300m dash, looking to break another Michael Johnson record.
The Golden Spike in Ostrava saw Van Niekerk winning in style as he clocked a best time of 30.81 seconds. This was more than enough to beat Johnson’s 30.85 record which stood since March 2000.
Van Niekerk rose to fame with his 43.03 world record beating the time of 43.18 seconds set by Michael Johnson during the 1999 World Championships in Athletics in Seville, Spain.
Meanwhile, according to BBC Sport, Bolt was expected to retire at the World Championships in London in August but before this race he said that, while this will be his final season, he may race beyond the event.
With the boom in Van Niekerk's career and Bolt’s retirement announcement, many supporters are beginning to believe that Van Niekerk may be Bolt’s successor. Bolt is the most successful athlete with 11 gold of 13 world medals.
It is the first time in his career that Bolt, 30, has run two successive 100m races of more than 10 seconds.
AFP mentions that Wayde van Niekerk could in fact take over track and field from Usain Bolt, according to the Jamaican sprint star himself.
Asked whether the South African, is his likely successor, Bolt spoke from a conclusive staindpoint, AFP adds.
"Yeah for sure," Bolt said. "I think he really wants to be a sprinter because he's set a personal best in the 100m this year.
"He's shown he's ready for the challenge. He's really down to earth, he's really humble, he's a great person.
"He listens and wants to be good and if he continues like this he'll take over track and field."
After failing to run a sub-10 second time for the second 100m race in succession, as cited by BBC Sport, Bolt mentioned:
"I'm not happy but I'm just getting into my running and have some training to do."
He went on to say, "I'll be fine. I need to get checked over by my doctor and the coach will give me some training, so no worries."