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Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa broke the 17-year-old World Record of Michael Johnson in a time of 43.03 seconds in the 400m event.Monday headlines were already booming with “Usain Bolt” bold texts as the fastest man in the world clocked 9.81 seconds to win the 100m sprint at Rio 2016 ...

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Photo: Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa on his way winning the men's 400m final during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium, also known as Bird's Nest, in Beijing, China, 26 August 2015. EPA/WU HONG

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South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk smashed Michael Johnson's 17-year-old world record in the 400 meters at the Rio Olympics, running an astonishing 43.03 seconds, shaving 0.15 seconds off Johnson's record.But van Niekerk's accomplishment goes beyond that. ESPN shared some data that highlights ...

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from BuzzFeed

The Runner Who Won The Men's 400M In Rio Is An International Treasure

If you watched the Rio Olympics during prime time last night — maybe tuning in to catch Usain Bolt do his thing — you probably also saw this guy, Wayde van Niekerk, win gold in the men's 400-meter race.

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awesome Van Niekerk set to let the 400m records tumble The World 400m champion, Wayde van Niekerk, ran the second fastest time in the world for 2016 on Friday morning during the heats of South African Open Championship. https://www.sapromo.com/van-niekerk-set-let-the-400m-records-tumble/10766

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world 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk leads the South African team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony (Getty Images)

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