Reigning 400m African champion, Isaac Makwala shattered Gary Kikaya’s African record of 44.10secs when he posted a Personal Best (PB) and national record of 44.01secs at the 35th Resisprint International meeting in the Swiss city of La Chaux-de-Fonds on Sunday.
The sprinter from Botswana who already held national records at all three sprint distances sped to the fastest ever one-day double over 200m and 400m at the event.
His time over the 400m, which is subject to ratification by the IAAF, takes him to 11th on the world all-time list and third in 2014, behind Grenada’s Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt. His compatriot Pako Seribe finished second in 45.21, while Savior Kombe of Zambia finished third in 45.48. Seribe recently competed at the Warri Grand Prix where he returned a time of 45.46secs to win the 400m
Just 90 minutes later, Makwala was back on track for the 200m where he sped to another national record, stopping the clock at 19.96. The performance takes him to third on the African all-time list.
Qatar’s world indoor 60m bronze medallist Femi Ogunode finished second in 20.32, having earlier won the 100m in 10.10.
Both of Makwala’s winning marks were meeting records, having also set a 200m meeting record last year with his 20.21 clocking. Makwala, who finished fourth at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome last month, is now hopeful of defending his African 400m title. Should he succeed in doing that, he will earn a team spot for the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech later this year.
The 27-year -old and compatriot, Amantle Montsho made it a Botswana double at the last African Championships in Port Novo as they both stormed to the 400m title in the men and women categories.