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Wayde van Niekerk with his grandparents, Wathen and Sophia
Wayde van Niekerk with his grandparents, Wathen and Sophia

At home in Kraaifontein in Cape Town, Sophia van Niekerk received the best 68th birthday gift a granny could ask for: silver and gold medals for her fleet-footed grandson Wayde.

The South African champion once again stole hearts and headlines at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London in the UK this week.

Van Niekerk and her husband, Wathen, were glued to their TV on Thursday night as Wayde clinched silver, finishing second to Ramil Guliyev from Turkey in the 200m final at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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