With just 26 days left, local sprinter Isaac Makwala’s preparation for the XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia (4th-15th April) seems to be well on track after he won the 300m race at the Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix in South Africa last night.
Makwala who went into the race looking to join an elite club of athletes who did sub 31 seconds won gold with a time of 31.77.
He is one of only five athletes on the planet to have run a sub-20-second 200m and sub-44 400m.
Two of the three sub-20/sub-43 men have been quicker than 31 seconds in the 300m.
These are Wayde van Niekerk and American Michael Johnson, the third being Usain Bolt.
Niekerk currently holds the 300m record (30.81) after breaking Johnson’s long standing record (30.85) last year. Bolt’s is a further third with 30.97.
Makwala started the Grand Series well on 1st March when he stormed to a leading time of 45.03s in the 400m.
It was an impressive result for Makwala who was competing for the first time in 2018.
The result also meant the Tutume born sprinter replaces Nigerian Emmanuel Bamidele (45.28s) as the new World leader in the 400m event, and makes him a clear favourite at the Gold Coast.
His Gold medal chances are also enhanced by the fact that World Record holder, Wayde Van Niekerk will not be competing in Australia.
In an earlier interview with Voice Sport Makwala also said his performance at the South African Grand Prix will help him make a decision whether to also compete in the 200m and attempt to lay claim to Usain Bolt’s vacant throne.
Could this double in South Africa convince ‘Bad Man’ to go for the Jamaican’s golden seat? Only time will tell.