PICS: Wayde van Niekerk meets #SaltBae


Cape Town - Olympic gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk was loving his time at the Laureus Sports Awards in Monaco on Tuesday.

The South African posted various snaps on Instagram as he hung out with some of the best in the sporting world.

One in particular was when he met internet sensation Nusret Gökçe, also known as #SaltBae.

The Turkish chef broke the internet earlier in the year with his unorthodox method of seasoning a meal - and Van Niekerk couldn't help but take a picture with the chef saying: "We all need some spice in our lives..."

Van Niekerk, nominated in the Breakthrough of the Year category, lost out to reigning F1 world champion Nico Rosberg.

READ: Bolt: Wayde deserved Laureus award

However, despite missing out, Van Niekerk had a night to remember, meeting Leicester City's manager Claudio Ranieri, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and former Brazilian footballer, Cafu.

Other South Africans in attendance included Princess of Monaco Charlene Wittstock, Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling, nine-time major champion Gary Player and Springbok wing Bryan Habana.

Habana also captured a video of #SaltBae seasoning his meal at the Laureus Awards show.

We all need some spice in our lives... ?? #laureusawards

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Wayde made me laugh so ugly.... And look at SaltBae

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