Van Niekerk aims at Bolt record – Jamaican sprint legend says he can achieve mark

first_imgWayde van Niekerk shocked the world with his record run of 43.03 seconds in the 400 metres at the Olympics. Now, the speedy South African has his eye on another record, the 200-metre standard held by Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt None other than Bolt himself says van Niekerk could possibly better his mark of 19.19 seconds. “My dream is try to get where Usain Bolt is in 200m,” Van Niekerk said in comments noted on the website of US television station NBC. “He’s a massive inspiration and motivation for me to improve myself because I know it is possible,” said the 24-year-old South African. Asked by Tim Leyden of Sports Illustrated whether van Niekerk could break his 200m world record, the Jamaican estimated: “If he can clean up his technique on the corner, maybe he can do it.” The South African’s personal best for the 200 metres is 19.94 seconds. In fact, he was more of a sprinter before injuries forced him to move up to the 400 metres. “I hate the 400m,” he said to France’s Le Figaro, who provided an English transcript of the interview to NBC. “I hate it because I know what it does to my body, but I love it for what it does for my life.” He collapsed after winning the World Championship 400m last year and had to be carried off the track.last_img read more

Nimba United signs Cameroonian Midfielder

first_imgChampion club Nimba United has signed another foreign player as part of its plan to retain the league title.Cameroonian Michael Kouamo flew into the country with the Mountaineers after their match against Union Duala about two months ago in the CAF Champions League and has been training with the club.He has been waiting for the local league’s midseason transfer window to pen a deal; and the midfielder, who can also play as a center defender, signed a two-season contract on Wednesday.If he obtains a work permit and fulfill other necessary labor requirements, Kouama will make his debut on Sunday, when the Mountaineers battle NPA Anchors.The midfielder’s move was made possible by his Russia-based agent, who was in the country over the weekend to complete the deal. Kouama played for Djalla Quan, a Cameroonian second division side before leaving to join the Liberian champions.Speaking to reporters after signing the contract, Kouama expressed delight over joining the club, promising to help the Mountaineers retain their league title.“I’m happy that the deal has now come through,” he said. “I’ve been here for more than a month to have the contract completed. United is a great club with great vision and I will help as much as I can to maintain her leadership.”The Cameroonian praised United’s technical staff for the confident reposed in him, and pledged to payback with good performance. “It has been a great atmosphere since I arrived here, the players, the technical team and the owners of the team have all been nice to me. Liberia is a nice place to be!” he added. The Mountaineers already have in their employ two sierra Leonean players, Foday Suma and Larmin Janneh, as well as Ghanaian striker Kossi Adetu.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more