Rio Olympics: Michael Johnson Hails South African Sprinter Wayde van Niekerk after He Smashes His 19-Yr 400m World Record

South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk stunned the Olympic Stadium tonight as he smashed the 400m world record.

The 24-year-old Cape Town runner gave a blistering performance from lane eight with a time of 43.03 – breaking US star Michael Johnson’s 19-year record.

And four time Olympic gold medalist Johnson, watching from the BBC commentary box, was one of the first to congratulate him – saying: ‘Oh my God! From lane eight, a world record.


‘He took it out so quick. I have never seen anything from 200m to 400m like that.

‘He may well have run faster in the second 200m, than in the first.

‘Well done to this youngster. A world record. That was a massacre from Wayde van Niekerk. He just put those guys away.

‘Van Niekerk is so young, what else can he do? Can he go under 43 seconds? It is something I thought I could do, but never did. Usain Bolt will be retiring soon, this could be the next star of the sport.

Source: dailymail

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