Wayde van Niekerk: South African smash-ups 400 -meter world record to take gold

Rio de Janeiro( CNN) On a night when Usain Bolt stole the headlines, it was South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk who delivered one of the standout performances of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The 24 -year-old smashed the 400 -meter world record held by track and field legend Michael Johnson since 1999, taking the gold ahead of defending champion Kirani James with a hour of 43. 03 seconds.

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