American athlete Michael Norman had a disappointing finish at the Tokyo Olympics when he finished 5th due to a thigh injury. Due to this, he failed to qualify for the semi-finals in the Doha worlds in 2019 with a thigh injury.
However though, he managed to make up for this by winning the world 400m gold in Eugene on Friday. He clocked a winning time of 44.29 seconds.
Three-time Olympic medalist and 2011 world champion Kirani James of Grenada claimed silver with 44.68sec, while Briton Matthew Hudson-Smith took bronze (44.66). Wayde van Niekerk from South Africa finished fifth in 44.97 seconds.
Van Niekerk suffered a knee injury that sat him down for three years. However, before that, he set a record of 43.04 seconds as he won gold at the Rio Olympics.
His result, however slow, is evidence to his committed comeback.
“As the world record holder, this is where I belong. This is what I need to fight for. I need to make sure that I do whatever it takes to patiently get myself back to the place where I belong and that is on the podium,” Michael Norman said.
He said it doesn’t matter where he is placed right now because all that matters is the work he is putting in to get back to the podium.
Bahamian star Steven Gardiner, the reigning world and Olympic 400m champion, was a notable absentee from Eugene, missing the world’s because of an inflamed tendon.
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