Van Niekerk defends men's 400m world title

London: South Africa's Wayde Van Niekerk unsurprisingly defended his 400m title at the IAAF World Championships here. The current world record holder and Olympic gold medalist finished the race with a comfortable 43.98 seconds on Tuesday night, reports Xinhua news agency. "It is amazing to win the world title. I hope the fans enjoyed that," the South African said. Steven Gardiner of Bahamas finished runner-up at 44.41 while Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar ranked third with seven hundredths of a second adrift. "The first thing that I wanted to do was to reach the final, but then I had to fight for a medal," Haroun pointed out. "I knew it was a big chance for me, and I'm very happy to have taken the opportunity." IANS