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Wayde Van Niekerk smashes world record to win Olympic gold #RIO2016

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Wayde van Niekerk smashes Michael Johnson’s record to claim 400m gold in Rio Olympics 2016

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Wayde Van Niekerk has made  us all proud, after winning the 400 m at the Rio Olympics, and getting us our first gold.

He didn’t just win, he set a new world record of 43.03, beating a record that was there since 1999 that was set by Michael Johnson.

Wayde was in the 8th lane, a lane that is not likely to have gotten him the win, but it didn’t matter, because he did it and inspired a nation and the world at large.

Social media was lit, as South Africans were celebrating their own . . . history was made. People were congratulating him on his great win, and of course the spotlight found his trainer, who is his great grandmother, Ans Botha. What a story!!

Usain Bolt was also seen congratulating Wayde on his great win . . . a great moment indeed.

Luvo Manyonga also made us proud, and left so many of us inspired by his winning a silver. His story was also remarkable, considering he had to overcome great odds, to reinvent himself and rise above his challenges with drugs.

Stories like these just remind us, that it’s all possible!

Congrats to #TeamSouthAfrica that are representing us so proudly  at the Rio Olympics 2016 . . . we will continue to celebrate your achievements!

 

 

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