The South African athlete gave the performance of his life as he sprinted in the 8th lane and went on to finish the race in 43.03 seconds, 0.15 seconds faster than Johnson in 1999.
Olympic gold medallist Johnson was one of the first to congratulate van Niekerk saying “Well done to this youngster. A world record. That was a massacre from Wayde van Niekerk. He just put those guys away”.
— Michael Johnson (@MJGold) August 15, 2016
It did not take long for everyone to send their love and congratulations to van Niekerk on social media. Twitter was buzzing with excitement.
GOLD, GOLD, GOLD a new WR for Wayde van Niekerk in a time of 43.03 and SA’s first Gold of the Olympics. Beautiful
— TeamSouthAfrica (@teamsa16) August 15, 2016
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) August 15, 2016
You have made South Africa proud… congratulations Wayde van Niekerk! Go #TeamSA.