Preview: Men's 400M Final - IAAF World Championships London 2017

We preview the IAAF World Championships 400M final race taking place on the 8th of August in London 2017.

The IAAF World Championships hosted in London is literally heating up, as athletes have qualified for a spot in the 400M final race.

We look at which athletes are the main contenders in the Men's 400M final race.

Wayde Van Niekerk
The current South African poster boy and stalwart is flying the SA flag high with his formidable performances on the track. Van Niekerk who hails from the mother city, made his mark when he stamped his authority as the fastest human over 400M, with the world record of 43.03 seconds he set in the Rio Olympics, smashing Michael Jordan's record, which he held since 1999, of 43.18 seconds. All eyes will be on the World Champion, on Tuesday the 8th of August as he competes in the Final 400M race.

Steve Gardiner
The 21-year-old from the Bahamas finished at sub 44 seconds in the heats to qualify for the final. Gardiner switched to the 400M discipline in 2015 and it's proven to work in his favour. He won a bronze in the 4 x 400M in the 2016 Olympics, although young, the athlete has good odds on his side, he'll be up against the best in the world and he'll need a super human performance to topple Van Niekerk.

Isaac Makwala - Withdrew from Race - Food Poisoning 
The man from Botswana ran 44.30 to qualify for the final race. Makwala recorded his best time of 43.72 seconds in 2015 and finished 5th place in the 4 x 400 m relay in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games. The 30-year-old will be seeking a podium finish in this years IAAF World Championships 2017.

Semi Final Summary
Athlete
Country
Time
Steven Gardiner
Bahamas
43.89
Nathon Allen
Jamaica
44.19
Wayde Van Niekerk
RSA
44.22
Isaac Makwala
Botswana
44.30
Baboloki Thebe
Botswana
44.33
Fred Kerley
USA
44.51
Demish Gaye
Jamaica
44.55
Abdalelah Haroun
Qatar
44.64

400M Final Race - Betting Odds
Athlete
Country
Odds
Wayde Van Niekerk
RSA
2/7 
Isaac Makwala
Botswana
 7/2
Steven Gardiner
Bahamas
 12/1
Fred Kerley
USA
 25/1
Baboloki Thebe
Botswana
 28/1
Nathon Allen
Jamaica
 50/1
Demish Gaye
Jamaica
 150/1
* Race to be televised Tuesday 8 August - between 19:50 - 23:10.

Written by Lungelo Mdladla for @Hollywoodbets.net

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