Rio Olympics 2016: South African Wayde van Niekerk breaks Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old 400m record to win gold

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa broke Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old 400m world record to sensationally win Olympic gold at Rio 2016.

The 24-year-old finished in 43.03 seconds, 0.15 quicker than the time Johnson clocked in Seville in 1999.

Grenada’s Kirani James, the London 2012 champion, finished 0.73 behind to take the silver medal, with American LaShawn Merritt in bronze.Wayde van Niekerk

 

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