Sport24 Wire
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5 May 2021
3:53 pm

Wayde van Niekerk finally joins new training group

Sport24 Wire

Van Niekerk had struggled to get clearance to travel to the USA but he has now landed in Florida.

World 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk after winning the SA 200m title in Pretoria last month. Picture: Gallo Images

South African Olympic hero Wayde van Niekerk has arrived in the United States to continue his Olympic preparation under the guidance of new coach Lance Brauman.

It is the next step in the 28-year-old’s attempt to defend his Olympic 400m title at this year’s Games in Tokyo, which gets underway in July.

Van Niekerk, who had spent his entire career under coach Ans Botha before joining Brauman recently, had struggled to get clearance to travel to the USA but he has now landed in Florida.

The delay allowed him to compete at the SA Senior Championships in Pretoria last month, where he won the national 200m title, but he was itching to start this new phase of his career.

Brauman is also the coach of 200m world champion Noah Lyles and 400m women’s Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who took to Instagram on Tuesday to welcome Van Niekerk to the stable.