Kraaifontein-born running sensation Wayde van Niekerk has lots to celebrate – he turns 24 today, just a day after being announced as member of South Africa’s Olympic team that will compete in Rio next month.
At the 2015 IAAF World Championships held in Beijing China, van Niekerk won gold in the 400 metres with a personal best time of 43.48 seconds, making him, the fourth fastest person in history.
On March 12, 2016 he became the 107th athlete to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 metres. That made him the first individual to break 10 seconds for 100 metres, 20 seconds for 200 metres and 44 seconds for 400 metres.
We wish Wayde a prosperous year ahead and all the best at the Rio Olympics.