South African athlete Wayde Van Niekerk is set to take over the mantle as the poster boy for sprinting from Usain Bolt with his recent record break.
In addition to his win before now, Wayde broke another World Record, this time, in the 300m,on Wednesday night in Ostrava.
The event is not run very often, so it’s no surprise that the record had been standing for 17 years. Set in 2000 by American Michael Johnson in Pretoria.
“I’m so pleased and grateful for this big achievement,” said Van Niekerk, whose first professional appearance on the IAAF circuit was over 400m at Ostrava.
“Thanks to all the people of Ostrava for this wonderful meeting. I’m honoured to be a small part of history.
“I have to rest a little but after that I hope I can continue to make babysteps to be better day by day.”
Van Niekerk continues to reach dizzy heights in athletics and has these personal bests in other sprint events:
100m – 9.94
400m – 43.03