Wayde van Niekerk’s star keeps shining brighter after he was named Best Male Athlete of the Rio Olympics at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) awards in Doha, Qatar.
Van Niekerk won gold in the 400-metre track event, at the same time breaking the 17-year-old world record of 43.18 seconds, held by Michael Johnson.
The South African set the new mark at 43.03 in his historic run.
The women’s award went to women’s tennis champion Monica Puig of Puerto Rico who beat second-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the final in Rio.
In other awards, the men’s team award went to Fiji’s gold-medal winning rugby sevens team, and the female prize going to Britain’s winning field hockey team. Brazil’s Rafaela Silva, who grew up in a Rio slum and won a gold medal in judo at the games, took the award for most inspirational performance.