• Makwala runs 43.72; regains his 400m record

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On Saturday night at Diamond league meet in Paris South African Wayde van Niekerk set a new African record with 43.96 performance over 400m, but less than 24 hours later Isaac Makwala took it back with a mind blowing 43.73 at the Resisprint meeting in the Swiss city of La Chaux-de-Fonds on Sunday afternoon.

Botswana’s Makwala at last  year's Resisprint  meet set the African record of 44.01, but on Saturday he lost it to Wayde van Niekerk, who shaved of 0.05 seconds from that time. 

On Sunday, Makwala took it out strong from the gun taking the lead after 200m.  This years indoor surprise teenager Abdalelah Haroun came back strong in the last 100m, but  Makwala was able to hold him off for the win.

Makwala with his 43.72 second performance put himself in fifth position on the world all-time list, and number one this year ahead of Olympic champion Kirani James and world champion LaShawn Merritt.

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