Team SA Olympic gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk has got himself some fancy wheels without spending a dime.
The pleasant surprise was waiting for the athlete on Wednesday as he arrived at OR Tambo International Airport.
Wayde was overwhelmed when he arrived at OR Tambo International Airport to a hero’s welcome and an ecstatic crowd of fans waiting to welcome him back home. In addition, he was presented with a brand new Audi R8 by Audi South Africa.
Wayde made history when he broke the World Record at the just concluded Rio Olympics 2016. The South African stunned the world when he trumped Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old 400 metres record to clinch the gold medal.
Van Niekerk won the race from the difficult position of lane 8, finishing at an unbelievable time of 43.03 seconds. What made his victory more outstanding was the fact that he broke the oldest standing men’s sprint record.
South Africa has since been rejoicing and celebrating our golden boy for making the nation proud. Thus, it was a beehive of activities on Wednesday morning when Olympic gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk arrived at OR Tambo Airport. In addition to the mammoth crowd of fans cheering him, an additional jaw-dropping surprise from Audi South Africa awaited.
Eventually, Wayde drove home in a fancy new red Audi R8 worth a whopping R1.8 million with his name on the plate number. Apparently, this was Audi’s congratulatory gift to the world record breaker.
The athlete was also presented with a cheque for R1million by his sponsors T-Systems. It was agreed before the Games that they would pay the amount if he broke the world record at the Olympic games.
Meanwhile, Wayde dedicated his achievements to his 74-year-old coach Ans Botha. According to the athlete, she deserves all the credit for molding him into the world class athlete he has turned into.