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I’ve always known about Wayde van Niekerk participating on the local athletics circuit. The first time I realised how good he could be happened a few months before World champions in 2015. Former South African sprint champion Geraldine Pillay told me, “Watch out for Wayde van Niekerk at the World Champs.” I was a bit sceptical, I thought if he is as good as she say he is, he might come back with a bronze medal. South African athletes rarely win gold at big athletics meetings.

Then he shocked the world and his country by winning Gold in the 400m. A first for a South African athlete. A year later he performed even better at the Olympics in Rio, winning gold and breaking Michael Johnson’s record. The boy from Bloem was now a global superstar.

He has since forged a close friendship with another star athlete, Jamaica’s Usian Bolt, the two now even have training camps together.

Jody and 300m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk.

I’ve interviewed him a few times since becoming World Champion and always asked him about participating in the 100 and 200m events as well. His answer has always been: “I would like to, but it depends on my coach.” His coach is 84 year old great Grandma Tannie Ans Botha.

Last night Van Niekerk shocked the word again when he broke the 300m World record at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting. From Justjody.co.za we would just like to say to Wayde, thank you for always taking time out to do interviews with us and keep up the good work. South Africa is proud of you.

Below is the video of SA’s golden boy breaking the 300m World record.