Botswana’s Isaac Makwala reclaimed the African 400m record in the Swiss city of La Chaux-de-Fonds, on Sunday, just 24 hours after the mark was erased by South African Wayde van Niekerk.
Isaac Makwala, who’s the reigning African 400m champion from Marrakech 2014, sped to a lifetime 400m best of 43.72 seconds at the 2015 Resisprint International meeting to take back his record broken by Wayde van Niekerk with 43.96 at the IAAF Diamond League in Paris on Saturday.
Makwala, who held national records at all three sprint distances, improved on his previous African best and personal record of 44.01 set at the same venue exactly a year ago on July 6, 2014.
The 28-year-old time moves him to fifth on the world all-time list, making him the fastest non-US 400m sprinter in history.
Qatari Haroun Abdalelah was second in 44.27 while Ofentse Mogawane of South Africa finished third in 45.75.
Elsewhere in La Chaux-de-Fonds on Sunday, Nigeria’s Patience Okon George clocked a personal best 50.76 to win the women’s 400m.
Zambia’s Kabange Mupopo improved on her own national record by 0.01 with 50.86 in second place ahead of Italy’s Maria Benedicta Chigbolu, third in 51.67.
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1. George Patience Nigeria NIG 50.76
2. Mupopo Kabange Zambia ZAM 50.86
3. Chigbolu Benedicta Italie ITA 51.67
4. Perrossier Estelle France FRA 52.56
5. Bazzoni Chiara Italie ITA 52.74
6. Diop Fatoumata Senegal SEN 53.60
400m Hurdles Women
1. Sprunger Lea COVA Nyon SUI 55.60
2. Ogoegbwam Amaka Nigeria NIG 55.77
3. Doveri Francesca Italie ITA 56.65
4. Nkamsao Audrey Cameroun CAM 59.89
5. Tshikaya Lea France FRA 61.42
100m Men Heat 1 (0.8m/s)
1. Bruintjies Henricho South Africa RSA 9.97 q
2. Kemar Hyman Cayamao Island CAY 10.11 q
3. Riparelli Jacques Italie ITA 10.11 q
4. Ouhadi Aziz Maroc MAR 10.16 q
5. Wilson Alex LAS Old Boys Basel SUI 10.17 q
6. Siamé Sydney Zambia – 10.27 q
100m Men Final (-2.1m/s)
1. Bruintjies Henricho South Africa RSA 10.28
2. Ouhadi Aziz Maroc MAR 10.32
3. Kemar Hyman Cayamao Island CAY 10.37
4. Wilson Alex LAS Old Boys Basel SUI 10.39
5. Siamé Sydney Zambia – 10.45
6. Riparelli Jacques Italie ITA 10.45
7. Kasinda Brian Zambia ZAM 10.50
8. Obou Jose Delma Italie ITA 10.58
1. Isaac Makwala Botswana BOT 43.72
2. Abdalelah Haroun Qatari QAT 44.27
3. Ofentse Mogawane Afrique du Sud RSA 45.75
4. Galvan Matteo Italie ITA 45.95
5. Marciniszyn Marcin Poland POL 46.83
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