Jamaican master of the tracks Usain Bolt was spotted congratulating South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk for his big win.
As expected, Usain Bolt dominated the Olympic headlines on Sunday, but Wayde van Niekerk broke a world record on the tracks of Rio.
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 a difficult position; lane 8, finishing at an unbelievable time of 43.03 seconds.
What made his victory more outstanding is the fact that he broke the oldest standing men’s sprint record.
“I believed it was possible,” said the 24-year-old. “I am just glad things went my way tonight.
I’m still a bit amazed, I still have to pinch myself with what just happened.”
The athlete has also proven beyond doubt that something good can come out of running in lane eight where many athletes fear to tread.
“I don’t think any athlete wants to be in lane eight but I figured it (has) advantages as well as disadvantages,” he said.
“You have the perfect opportunity to go out as if you are in training and go as hard as you can.”
Renowned athlete; Usain Bolt seemed overly pleased with Van Niekerk’s who has been training with Bolt’s team this year.
The Jamaican champ ran over to congratulate him after finishing top of the track on the 100 metres.
“When he got the world record I was like, wow!” Bolt said.
“I told him in Jamaica ‘my coach said you’re probably the only guy right now other than me who can break this 400m world record’.
I’m really happy for him, I’m really proud of him.”
Two-time winner of Olympic 400 metres; Michael Johnson could not believe the effort Van Niekerk put into the race.
“Van Niekerk is so young, what else can he do? Can he go under 43 seconds? It is something I thought I could do, but never did,” the American athlete said.
He went on to predict a bright future for the young athlete.
“Usain Bolt will be retiring soon, this could be the next star.”
Meanwhile, for Wayde van Niekerk, there is no limit to success as he promised to beat his own record if need be.