South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk smashed Michael Johnson's 17-year-old world record in the 400 meters at the Rio Olympics, running an astonishing 43.03 seconds, shaving 0.15 seconds off Johnson's record.But van Niekerk's accomplishment goes beyond that. ESPN shared some data that highlights ...

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk smashed Michael Johnson's 17-year-old world record in the 400 meters at the Rio Olympics, running an astonishing 43.03 seconds, shaving 0.15 seconds off Johnson's record.But van Niekerk's accomplishment goes beyond that. ESPN shared some data that highlights ...

Gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa poses on the podium during the…

Gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa poses on the podium during the…

Wayde van Niekerk smashes Michael Johnson's record to claim Olympic 400m gold…

Wayde van Niekerk smashes Michael Johnson's record to claim Olympic 400m gold…

Wayde van Niekerk - Rio Olympics 2016

Wayde van Niekerk - Rio Olympics 2016

If Wayde Van Niekerk Winning The 400M Didn't Make You Cry You Might Not Have A Soul -   .

If Wayde Van Niekerk Winning The 400M Didn't Make You Cry You Might Not Have A Soul - .

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk 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, 0.15s quicker than the time Johnson clocked in Seville in 1999.  Grenada's Kirani James, the London 2012 champion, finished 0.73s behind to take the silver medal, with American LaShawn Merritt in bronze. "He put those guys away," said Johnson, who won two Olympic 400m titles.

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk 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, 0.15s quicker than the time Johnson clocked in Seville in 1999. Grenada's Kirani James, the London 2012 champion, finished 0.73s behind to take the silver medal, with American LaShawn Merritt in bronze. "He put those guys away," said Johnson, who won two Olympic 400m titles.

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