#OlympicsRio16: Wayde Van Niekerk smashes world record to win Olympic gold

Wayde gets South Africa its first gold medal at the 2016 Olympics.

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:46 PM  | Wayde van Niekerk  | Top of The

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South African track and field sprinter Wayde Van Niekerk has made South Africans extremely proud this early Monday morning.

The 24-year-old had many South Africans filled with joy as he easily set a new world record of 43.03 during his 400m run at the Olympics.

Van Niekerk blew American sprinter, Michael Johnson’s, 17-year world record of 43.18 right out of the water.

Since his win, South Africans have been showering Van Niekerk with congratulations messages all over social media. Even Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt was seen searching for Wayde amongst the crowd to personally congratulate him on his gold medal win.

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Usain gave Wayde a comforting embrace as they briefly exchanged words of encouragement filled with smiles.

Usain was actually in the middle of an interview when he unexpectedly stopped the interview process to go find Wayde.

Wow! what a time to be alive!

An interesting fact about Wayde Van Niekerk is that he's actually trained by his 74-year-old great-grandmother Ans Botha.

Congratulations to Wayde, we hope to see more wins from the young man.

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