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Ans Botha: 74-year-old who coached Wayde van Niekerk to 400m gold

Ans Botha: who coached Wayde van Niekerk to gold and world record. She breaks the mold. All of the highly visible differences are apparent (sex, age, ethnicity). Yet her runners excel.

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 ...

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Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa celebrates after winning the Men's 400 meter…

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa celebrates after winning the Men's 400 meter…

(L-R) Silver medalist Lashawn Merritt of the United States, gold medalist Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa and bronze medalist Kirani James of Grenada pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 400 metres final during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015

(L-R) Silver medalist Lashawn Merritt of the United States, gold medalist Wayde…

Wayde van Niekerk - Men's 400m - London 2015 - Wayde van Niekerk (RSA) clocked 44.63 winning the Men's 400m on Day 2 of the 2015 Sainsbury's Anniversary Games in London, member of the IAAF Diamond League

Wayde van Niekerk - Men's - London 2015 - Wayde van Niekerk (RSA) clocked winning the Men's on Day 2 of the 2015 Sainsbury's Anniversary Games in London, member of the IAAF Diamond League

LEGENDS USAIN BOLT & WAYDE VAN NIEKERK

The greatness of Usain Bolt is seeking out Wayde Van Niekerk to congratulate him on his WR in final.

Wayde Van Niekerk (RSA) reacts after winning the men's 400-meter final. - John…

Wayde Van Niekerk (RSA) reacts after winning the men's final.

Serena Williams with Wayde van Niekerk at the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Both…

Serena Williams with Wayde van Niekerk at the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Both legends

Wayde van Niekerk and Kirani James #Rio2016

Wayde van Niekerk and Kirani James

Wayde van Niekerk #Rio2016

LaShawn Merritt was certain Wayde van Niekerk couldn’t maintain his blistering pace. Bralon Taplin assumed the South African would tie up over the final 100 meters. Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa celebrates after breaking the men’s world record.

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