WATCH: I think your child only has 24hrs to live - Wayde's mom opens up

2016-08-17 08:19

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South African Wayde van Niekerk smashed Michael Johnson's long-standing 400m world record when he stormed to Olympic gold on Sunday.

Van Niekerk set the Games alight on Sunday night (03:00 Monday morning, SA time) when, running in the unfavoured lane eight, he clocked 43.03 - 0.15 quicker than Johnson's previous world best set in Seville in 1999.

Defending champion Kirani James of Grenada took silver in 43.76, with American LaShawn Merritt bronze (43.85).

It will surely be one of the biggest performances of this year's Olympics by any athlete from any country. 

WATCH his parents share his remarkable story: 

Read more on:    wayde van niekerk  |  olympics  |  world record

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