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Van Niekerk breaks world record to win 400m gold

Wayde van Niekirk reacts after winning. Credit: Reuters

South Africa's Wayde van Niekirk has broken Michael Johnson's 17-year-old world record to win the men's 400 metres.

Van Niekirk ran in 43.03 seconds to break Johnson's record of 43.18 seconds.

The 24-year-old looked stunned as he realised the speed of his victory.

London 2012 champion Kirani James won the silver medal, while American LaShawn Merritt won bronze.

Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced on July 6 for murder

Pistorius has been given his new sentencing date. Credit: Reuters

The date for Oscar Pistorius' sentencing for the murder of former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been set for July 6.

It comes as the Paralympian appeared in court with his lawyer today to argue that he deserves leniency when he is sentenced.

The double-amputee was initially handed a manslaughter conviction over Reeva's 2013 death but this was overturned last year by an appeals court, which convicted Pistorius of the more serious charge of murder.

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