That 400m Final was incredible. Jaw dropping performance from Wayde Van Niekirk.
No runner had ever won a 400m final from lane eight. No South African athlete had won an Olympic track gold since 1928. And then Wayde van Niekerk did it on night nine in 43.03, beating Michael Johnson’s 1999 world record time. (Johnson graciously labelled it “a joy and a surprise”.)
It was South Africa’s first gold in Rio, too, just to add the cherry to the top of the cake.