OLYMPIC: South African breaks 400m record

South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk broke Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old 400 Metre 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.

Van Niekerk, who won South Africa’s first gold medal of the games, said: he had been dreaming of this since he was a kid.

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