Britain's Daniel Talbot, left, and South Africa's Wayde Van Niekerk smile as they finish a Men's 200m first round heat during the World Athletics Championships in London Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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South African athletics star Wayde van Niekerk set out on his bid to win the 200-meter world title in impressive fashion Monday, easing into the semifinals just 24 hours before he runs in the 400-meter final.The 25-year-old, who broke the 400-meter world record in winning Olympic gold last year, is hoping to emulate American legend Michael Johnson in 1995 by winning 200-meter and 400-meter world gold.Van Niekerk was joined in the semifinals by teammate Akani Simbine, a 100-meter finalist.The 27-year-old Olympic and world medalist could only finish fourth behind Siame and failed to progress as one of the fastest losers.His compatriot, the 2011 100-meter world champion Yohann Blake looked strong in his first round heat, storming round the bend before easing up, while marking himself down as a contender.
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