'The doctors told us he had 24 hours to live': Wayde van Niekerk's parents share his remarkable story



Wayde van Niekerk stole the hearts of the nation when he stormed to Olympic gold last Sunday.

With his family and 74-year-old coach Ans Botha cheering from the stands, Wayde smashed Michael Johnson's long-standing 400m world record – and he achieved it running in the unfavoured lane eight.

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

But who is this exceptional athlete, and how did he come to dominate one of the toughest races in athletics? 

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