Wayde van Niekerk, alone at the top of the mountain, didn't see anyone around him when he smashed Michael Johnson's world record Sunday night.

South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk gave an incredible performance tonight in the Olympic Stadium as he smashed the 400m world record that had been held by US runner Michael Johnson for 19 years.

One of the fastest men on earth is trained by a GREAT GRANDMOTHER

South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk gave an incredible performance tonight in the Olympic Stadium as he smashed the 400m world record that had been held by US runner Michael Johnson for 19 years.

Nurturing: Known affectionately as ‘Tannie Ans’ to her athletes – Tannie meaning Auntie in her first language Afrikaans – has given van Niekerk ‘a positive environment to train in.’

One of the fastest men on earth is trained by a GREAT GRANDMOTHER

Nurturing: Known affectionately as ‘Tannie Ans’ to her athletes – Tannie meaning Auntie in her first language Afrikaans – has given van Niekerk ‘a positive environment to train in.’

The 24-year-old Cape Town runner lit up the Maracana stadium with an incredible run from lane eight with a time of 43.03 - breaking US star Michael Johnson's 19-year record.

One of the fastest men on earth is trained by a GREAT GRANDMOTHER

The 24-year-old Cape Town runner lit up the Maracana stadium with an incredible run from lane eight with a time of 43.03 - breaking US star Michael Johnson's 19-year record.

Van Niekerk led from start to finish blowing away his main competitors Kirani James and Lashawn Merritt.

Van Niekerk led from start to finish blowing away his main competitors Kirani James and Lashawn Merritt.

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