SA’s Wade van Niekerk makes winning return to international races


– Wade van Niekerk has made South Africa proud by winning an international race after his recent return

– Wade took first place at the Gala dei Castelli event in Switzerland on Tuesday this week

– Wade came in at 45.58s ahead of Joachem Dobberlands from the Netherlands

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It was a proud moment for South Africa on Tuesday night as our very own Wade van Niekerk took first place in the international race event that took place in Switzerland. Wade, who was running in lane four, made it to first place at 45.58s in the 400m race.

The South African runner and previous world record breaker got in swiftly ahead of Netherland’s Joachem Dobberlands, who came in at 45.78s in second place. Karel Zwelskski from Poland came in at the third spot at 46.03s on the clock.

Wade’s first international win comes after failing to compete in an Italy race due to a harrowing positive coronavirus test. While the outcome of the test stopped him from attending the competition, his symptoms remained asymptomatic.

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Wade, who finally made his way back to international racing after three years, did not manage to achieve his goal of winning in 43 seconds. In April this year, the racer had mentioned in an interview that reaching the finish line in 43 seconds was something he was determined to achieve.

“I still believe I can go sub-43. I can go way better than what I have in 100m and 200m, that’s where my mind was before the injury and that’s where my mind is at for the future,” he said during the interview.

Wade wins international race. Source: Twitter/Justrunfuller
Source: Twitter

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In other Briefly.co.za sports news, Kaizer Chiefs fans seem to be welcoming the prospect of having Doctor – otherwise affectionately called Doc Khumalo – onto the team’s newly-put-together coaching team.

The legendary footballer is both a former midfielder for the team and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana player. After his blooming career as a player, Doctor Khumalo excelled in his role as coach assistant for SuperSport United alongside coach Stuart Baxter.

The two dominated the domestic league between the years 2012 to 2015. The football legend then took a short break from his football career, distancing himself from the sport after finishing work with Baroka FC in 2018. His fans however seemingly did not stop seeing his greatness and are now welcoming him to assist Kaizer Chiefs to make a come-back from their PSL loss.

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