Wayde van Niekerk shatters world record after apartheid ended mom’s athletic career
South African runner Wayde van Niekerk may have stolen the spotlight from Usain Bolt on Sunday night in Rio.
The 24-year-old shattered Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old record in the men’s 400 meter run by .15 seconds with a 43.03 run, all from the outside lane.
When van Niekerk won, Johnson, announcing the Olympics for the BBC, said in awe, “Oh my god.”
What’s more, he did so under the guidance of his coach, 74-year-old Anna Botha, who met van Niekerk in 2012 when he began classes at the University of the Free State where she was a track coach. Read more…
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