You’ll struggle to find a more proudly South African moment in recent memory than Wayde Van Niekerk winning the Olympic gold medal in the 400 meters and smashing the world record in the process. The Cape Town born athlete ran the 400m final in 43.03 seconds beating 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James and shattering Michael Johnson’s record from 1999. Commentators are calling Van Niekerk’s run one of the greatest athletics performances ever.
Here’s footage of the race.
Not sure how long that will stay up on Youtube, but how awesome was that.
Well done Wayde. You are truly an inspiration to all South Africans.
So proud of him.
Bonus video. Usain Bolt’s reaction when he saw Wayde’s 400m record breaking time is classic.