Usain Bolt Offers Advice to Olympic Champion and 400m WR Holder Wayde van Niekerk

Sprinting great Usain Bolt has told 400m World Record holder Wayde Van Niekerk not to rush his comeback to the Doha World Championships this September and focus on the 2020 Olympics instead.
Van Niekerk has won the last two world championships and missed the entire 2018 season after he underwent surgery to repair a knee he injured while playing rugby shortly after he had retained his 400m crown at the 2017 World Championships in London.

Bolt, a part time training partner with Van Niekerk, feels the upcoming Tokyo Olympics is more important in long run for the Olympic 400m champion from Rio 2016.

"I've been talking to Wayde over the last few days," Bolt said at a press conference on Thursday in Johannesburg where he was launching his own brand of Champagne.

"He's happy with his training and he's feeling good. I actually told him 'don't push it too hard'-Olympics is always the main goal. I'll be watching him this season"

It was unclear whether Van Niekerk, considered the world’s most versatile sprinter, would focus on the 100m, 200m or 400m events, as he geared up for an imminent return to the track.

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