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Rio de Janeiro - Wayde van Niekerk is the new 400m world record holder, and the woman behind his success is 74-year-old Ans Botha. 

A former athlete herself, Botha has been coaching Van Niekerk since 2012. 

It is not the most conventional of set-ups, but it clearly works. 

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