WAYDE VAN NIEKERK
At the beginning of the year, he competed in the 100 metre dash for the first time in five years at Bloemfontein (South Africa). With determined confidence, he completed the race in 9”98, becoming the first sprinter to hold a personal best under 10 seconds in the 100 m, 20 seconds in the 200 metre and 44 seconds in the 400 metre sprints.
In June, the still unvanquished athlete set a new record for the African continent and the world’s third-best time ever in the 300-metre dash. He also became African champion in the 4 x 100 metre relay with a time of 38”84. On the 14th of August 2016, Wayde produced one of the exploits of the year by crossing the finish line over 400 metres in 43”03, fifteen hundredths of a second faster than the world record set in 1999 by Michael Johnson.
A native of Cape Town, Wayde feeds on competition and a diversity of playing fields as an essential means to progress and surpass himself. He first wore the RM 27-02 but now wears the RM 67-02 developed specifically for him with its optimum comfort, technical sophistication and dynamic lines.
While he had always stuck to 100 and 200 metre sprints for maximum speed, he quickly heeded the advice of Anna-Sophia, who, seeking to forestall the deleterious physical impact of shorter distances, encouraged him to focus on the 400-metre race. In 2013, this strategy paid off, and Wayde came close to the 400 metre world record of 43”18.
Only 24 years old, Wayde van Niekerk is swiftly becoming a dominant figure. With his watch on his wrist, the South African track star has just begun making history.
He wins his third Consecutive Global 400m Title in 43.98 seconds at the men's 400m final, Silver in 20.11 seconds at the 200m in London.