Africa to the fore in 400m, 800m and steeplechase

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Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa with Daniel Talbot of Great Britain react after a heat. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON  – Tuesday’s action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the programme as South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 metres double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men’s 800m.

World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki.

Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya’s injured champion David Rudisha.

Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men’s 3,000m steeplechase – though American Evan Jager has a chance to cause an upset – and the finals of the men’s pole vault and women’s javelin also take place.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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