Wayde wins award



September 26, 2016
Wayde wins award

FAVOURITE: Wayde van Niekerk

The 400m champ was a favourite in a Twitter poll.

Wayde van Niekerk has been voted the 2016 South African of the Year.

The award was decided by the public via a Twitter poll that ran for a week and attracted 40 000 voters.

The Olympic gold medallist and world record breaker went up against DJ Black Coffee, Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya, and opera 
sensation Pretty Yende.

Black Coffee was nominated for becoming the first South African to win a BET Award — for the Best International Act — Africa category, while soprano Pretty won acclaim in the opera houses of Vienna, Moscow, Milan and New York, and recently released her first solo album.

But in the end, it was the 400m sprinter, who broke a 17-year-old world record, who won mense over.

“The South African of the Year is someone who, with a phenomenal achievement, made you extremely proud to be South African,” Jan Scannell, the man behind the awards, told Weekend Argus.

“I think Wayde’s performance was just such a blockbuster moment that it made not only our country sit up and take notice, but also the rest of the world.”

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