Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk South breaks world record
Rio Olympics 2016: Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk South breaks world record to win Olympic gold
Wayde van Niekerk wins 400m gold in new world record time
South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk broke Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old 400m world record to sensationally win Olympic gold at Rio 2016. The 24-year-old finished in 43.03 seconds, 0.15s quicker than the time Johnson clocked in Seville in 1999. Grenada’s Kirani James, the London 2012 champion, finished 0.73s behind to take the silver medal, with American LaShawn Merritt in bronze.