'It was a massacre!' The epic moment Wayde sprinted to gold in the 400 m

By Kirstin Buick
15 August 2016

Our first gold - so far!

Even if you weren't one of the superfans who woke up in early hours of the morning to watch Wayde van Niekerk compete, watching the clip will still give you goosebumps!

Wayde (24) dashed to the finish in the Olympic 400 m final in just 43.03 seconds, breaking American legend Michael Johnson's 17-year-old record.

London 2012 champion, Grenada's Kirani James, finished 0.73 behind to take the silver medal, with American LaShawn Merritt in bronze.

"It was a massacre," said Johnson, BBC Sport reports.

"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." The down-to-earth Capetonian was of course, over the moon. "I have dreamed of this since I was a kid," he said. "I believed it was possible. I am just glad things went my way. I thank Michael Johnson for setting such a great example for us. I just did my best." Naturally, twitter exploded after Wayde's incredible win, with fans and celebs alike sharing they joy at the athlete's success.

But the man himself is staying humble as ever, sharing this message on social media this morning.

Thank you to everyone... GOD IS POWER

A photo posted by Wayde van Niekerk (@waydedreamer) on

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