The world witnessed South Africa’s golden boy, Wayde van Niekerk, shattered Michael Johnson’s longstanding 400m record in the early hours of this morning.
The current South African Sportsman of the Year clocked 43.03 to claim the country’s first gold medal in the Rio Olympics.
Here are some of the reactions following Van Niekerk’s historic run.
— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) August 15, 2016
New WR.for @WaydeDreamer what a champion!!!!!
— Ryk Neethling (@RykNeethling) August 15, 2016
he needs to trademark lane 8 merchandise asap. I’m buyin it.
— Feeno (@ArianFoster) August 15, 2016
What a special feeling waking up to the news of @WaydeDreamer winning the 400m and breaking the World record. Great inspiration to so many!
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 15, 2016
Van Niekerk’s 400 absolutely unbelievable.
— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) August 15, 2016
As we go to sleep for a few hours…. be proud u stayed awake to witness this!!! This has been crazy ridiculous!! 👏 pic.twitter.com/TVt3CUZu6a
— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) August 15, 2016
— DJ Fresh (Big Dawg) (@DJFreshSA) August 15, 2016
— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) August 15, 2016
WHEELS!!!!! Wayde you absolute superstar!!! I’m so pumped for today, thank you buddy! Congrats 🇿🇦 https://t.co/2sjHdNoukR
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) August 15, 2016
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 15, 2016