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Wayde van Niekerk makes sprinting history

World 400 metre champion Wayde van Niekerk has become the first man in history to run faster than 10 seconds for 100 metres, 20 seconds for 200 metres and 44 seconds for 400 metres.

The South African sprinter smashed his personal best in the shorter sprint at the Free State Championships in Bloemfontein on Saturday 12 March 2016.

Van Niekerk, aged 23, has apparently not competed in a 100 metre race since his junior days, so his previous personal best of 10.45, also set in Bloemfontein in 2011, was due for some serious revision.

But he surprised the crowd – and evidently himself - with his sterling performance.

South African sprinter and world 400 metre champion, Wayde van Niekerk. Photo: Twitter.com/@WaydeDreamer

“It’s crazy,” he tweeted afterwards. “I’m truly grateful for this moment and appreciative of everyone’s support.”

Van Niekerk is the second South African sprinter this week to break the 10 second barrier for 100 metres.

Akani Simbine set a national record of 9.96 in Pretoria on Tuesday.

 

 

 

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