US sprinting star Justin Gatlin believes that Wayde van Niekerk will come back hungrier and stronger when he recovers from his injury setbacks.

Gatlin is in South Africa as a founder of the Born 2 Be Elite programme that is being initiated in Cape Town, and says he is confident that the world is still to see the best from the South African 400m world and Olympic record holder.

The 37-year-old Gatlin is still competing and just last month won silver at World Championships, which made him the most decorated 100m sprinter in World Championship history.

For a large part of Gatlin’s career, the US sprinter had to play second fiddle to Usain Bolt, and the Brooklyn-born athlete says he would have a lot more gold if Bolt had not been around.

But Gatlin, who at the age of 35 did beat Bolt at the 2017 World Championships, says his competitive spirit helped push Bolt. – Report by Rob Delport