Van Niekerk won't win tomorrow. He was wrecked today.But he's running in lane 3? How so??
Anyway, congrats for your girl Allyson Felix on matching Bolt's record.
Although at the expense of Miller
Because the powers that be have already overinvested in him being the heir to Bolt's throne, and are doing everything within their power to facilitate his 200/400 double. They redrew his 400 semi-final when they realised the computer sorted him in a semi-final where he'd have to run for his life, and now they want to give him a semi-decent lane to complete the double.
van Niekerk may have been sandbagging it today. I remember his 400 semi-final from Rio, where he looked completely out of it, and was slotted to run from lane eight. He shattered the WR the next day, so it's tough to gauge his fitness from the way he runs the rounds.
My heart went out to Felix today. She was so scarred from the way that Rio final went that she went with the madwoman pace Miller-Uibo set, and they both paid the price in that home-straight.
Provided everything goes well, Felix should break Bolt's medal record. They both have 14 medals, but he has one relay to run versus her two. They're the male and female GOATs, though, and I hope she gets one-tenth of the love Bolt has gotten in his farewell tour.
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