"I want to put on a show and aim for a great time."
After racing to a season’s best at his previous race at the beginning of the month Wayde van Niekerk dropped a hint that he might produce something special at tonight’s Monaco Diamond League meeting.
Considering Van Niekerk posted the third fastest time of his career when he posted a new 43.62 seconds in Lausanne, it would not be a completely outlandish thought that he could come close to his world record of 43.03.
“I will have one more competition before London there I want to put on a show and aim for a great time,” Van Niekerk said.
On the eve of the Monaco race, Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt (pictured) paid Van Niekerk the ultimate compliment saying he regretted not racing the South African as he draws the curtain on his career. Van Niekerk is seen as the heir apparent to Bolt’s soon-to-be vacant crown showing incredible speed over all three official sprint distances.
“I think that’s one of the most disappointing things in my career now, that he came along at this late stage, that I didn’t get to compete against him because I think he’s one of the best, hands down, right now,” Bolt said at a press conference.
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