Wayde van Niekerk

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Birthday
15, 1992
Birthplace
Cape Town, South Africa
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
15, 1992 (age 27)
Birthplace
Cape Town, South Africa

About

South African sprinter known for his proficiency at the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters, becoming the first person to run them under 10 seconds, 20 seconds, and 44 seconds, respectively. At the 2016 Olympics, he won a gold medal in the 400 meter race, setting a world record with a time of 43.03 seconds.

Before Fame

He first competed internationally in 2010 at the World Junior Championships.

Trivia

He attended University of the Free State to study marketing. He won his first gold at the 2015 World Championships.

Family Life

He was born to Odessa Swarts and Wayne van Niekerk.

Associated With

His world record setting 400 meter run at the 2016 Olympics topped the previous record held by American sprinter Michael Johnson.