Wayden Van Niekerk ran 30.81 at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meet in the Czech Republic to break Michael Johnson’s previous world record* in the 300m of 30.85.
Prior to tonight only 2 men, Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt (30.97 in Ostrava in 2010), had been under 31 seconds for 200m.
Van Niekerk got a great start, and powered to the line. He was racing the clock.
From his reaction on seeing the time, he must have thought he could run faster as he didn’t react like a guy who had beaten a world record.
Video of race: