(Cape Town) – Twenty-three-year-old athletics champion Wayde van Niekerk’s family is confident he will continue to shine at the Olympic Games this August after he became the first man in history to run faster than 10 seconds for 100m, 20 seconds for 200m and 44 seconds for 400m.
He broke his personal best time of 10.45 seconds in the 100m sprint when he covered the distance in 9.98 seconds at the Free State Championships in Bloemfontein on March 12th. According to athletics statistician Jon Mulkeen, the South African athlete moved from 21st to fifth on the list of all-round sprinters using sprinters’ personal best times in the 100m, 200m and 400m and the latest IAAF scoring tables.
Jamaican icon Usain Bolt tops the list with his world records of 9.59 seconds in the 100m and 19.19 seconds in the 200m.
According to athletics statistician Jon Mulkeen, the South African moved from 21st to fifth on the list of all-round sprinters using sprinters’ personal best times in the 100m, 200m, and 400m and the latest IAAF scoring tables.
“It was definitely my goal for the day; I really wanted to do something special, and something different,” Van Niekerk said.
“Since I started athletics I’ve been trying to get that sub-10, so knowing I have finally realised my childhood dream is really something amazing.”
Van Niekerk made a meteoric rise in international sprinting when he became the first African to dip below 44 seconds in the 400m in Paris in July last year when he clocked 43.96 seconds.
He then added his name to an exclusive club 10 days later as only the fourth athlete in history to dip below 44 seconds in the 400m and 20 seconds in the 200m.