Cape Town - A confident Wayde van Niekerk eased to victory in heat 2 of the 400m at the IAAF World Championships, stopping the clock in a respectable time of 45.28.
He will now contest the semi-finals on Sunday.
Van Niekerk started out fairly slowly and by the time he entered the straight, he was only in fifth position. His trademark powerful finish however, powered him past his fellow competitors and he won ahead of Davide Re (Italy) and Michel Cedenio (Trinidad and Tobago).
Unfortunately, Pieter Conradie could only finish seventh in his heat in a time of 46.62.
Two other South Africans were in competition early in the morning with Orazio Cremona and Jaco Engelbrecht contesting the shot put event.
Unfortunately, both failed to qualify with Cremona managing a best throw of 19.81 and Engelbrecht, 19.59 metres.
In the women's 100m heats, Carina Horn finished in third in heat 4 in a time of 11.28 and will move through to the semi-finals.