Wayde van Niekerk Makes World Track History in His Hometown
South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk's on Saturday etched his name into the record books after smashing his personal best in the shorter sprint at the Free State Championships in Bloemfontein.
The reigning IAAF World Championships 400-metre ace has now become the first man in history to run faster than 10 seconds for the 100m, 20sec for the 200m and 45sec for the 400m.
Running the Free State Championships on his home track, he stopped the clocks at 9.98sec. That time slots in next to his 19.94 and 43.38 for the other two distances.
“It’s crazy,” he tweeted afterwards. “I’m truly grateful for this moment and appreciative of everyone’s support.”