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In brief: South African Wayde van Niekerk beats former world champions in 400 meters

Track and Field: Long after two of the all-time greats at 400 meters had left the track in second and third place, the winner was sprawled on the ground, gasping for breath and getting his pulse checked by a medic. This is how 23-year-old Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa made a name for himself at the world championships Wednesday night, at Beijing, while also inserting that name on the “People to Watch” list for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.