Presidential honour awaits Wayde van Niekerk

(Cape Town) – South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk is set to receive a National Order award from President Jacob Zuma.

Wayde Van Niekerk, in the men’s 400-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro: News24

According to the recently published Government Gazette, Van Niekerk will be awarded with the Order of Ikhamanga.

He is the sole recipient for this award in the Category 1: Gold.

Van Niekerk made history at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he won a gold medal in the men’s 400m.

He broke American Michael Johnson’s long-standing one-lap record, crossing the line in 43.03 seconds.

Meanwhile, the rowing quartet of Matthew Brittain, Sizwe Ndlovu, John Smith and James Thompson – who won gold in the men’s lightweight coxless four event at the 2012 London Olympics – will also be rewarded for their achievements in the Category II: Silver.