The 24-year-old South African has broken a 17 year record held by Michael Johnson in the world men’s 400m race during men’s 400m finals at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
He won the first gold for South Africa in the 2016 Olympic Games. News had already gone viral that Wayde had broken the long standing world record and he did absolutely that.
Wayde van Niekerk ran 43.03 sec to break the previous world record of 43.18 sec by Michael Johnson in 1999.
Before his heat, he was not tipped among favorites to win gold in the men’s 400m race this year. However, the win has brought him to the lime light and has added his name to the book of records.
“I am the most the delighted person on the planet now. I thank God and my country for giving me the opportunity. I am also thankful to the blog that predicted my record breaking, it actually urged me on. I have done it” to told reporters after the win.