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10 of the best moments from Wayde's golden night

2016-08-15 08:37
Wayde van Niekerk (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Everyone is talking about South Africa's golden boy, Wayde van Niekerk, who broke a 17-year standing world record in the 400m to became South Africa's first gold medallist of the 2016 Rio Olympics on Sunday.

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Emotions were evident from the 24-year-old and South Africans far and wide basked in pride, as our very own defied all obstacles and took home the ultimate prize.

Here are 10 of the best moments from Wayde's day:

And off he goes! Van Niekerk started off his sprint strong and fast, despite being in the furthest lane. (Photo by ©Christiaan Kotze/SASPA)

And he put everything in it... (Image by Gallo)

What a finish! A world record that will surely be remembered, and he was miles ahead. Was this even a final...? (Image by Getty)

The disbelief... (Image by Getty)


Just after the finish, Van Niekerk was congratulated by silver medallist and defending champion, Kirani James of Grenada. (Image by Getty)


Van Niekerk kneeling down to process what had just happened... (Photo by ©Christiaan Kotze/SASPA)


He went to his family and friends soon after his win. (Image by Getty)

Thanking the Brazilian crowd for their rapturous applause... (Image by Getty)

Cooling off on what was a surreal night for van Niekerk (Image by Gallo)

Proudly South African. (Image by Getty)

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