Minister compliments Wayde van Niekerk on setting a new world record

Minister compliments Wayde van Niekerk on setting a new world record

South African Golden boy, Wayde Van Niekerk competing in the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava Olympic champion managed to set a new world record in the little-run 300m in the Czech Republic this Wednesday night.

 Wayde van Niekerk taking part in the 300m event finished on a 30.81 surpassing the previously set world record by Michel Jordan who finished 30.85. Wayde will from now on officially be regarded by IAAF as “world’s best”, as the 300m is a seldom-run event.

Van Niekerk breaks Michael Johnson’s record for the second time with the previous one being the 400m world record which he set at last year’s Rio Olympics. 

Not only did the 24-year-old South African beat Johnson record, Van Niekerk also went past Usain Bolt’s Golden Spike meeting record of 30.97 in the process.


In complementing our own World Number 1, Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Minister TW Nxesi indicated the following:

"As we continue to commemorate youth month, Refreshing news to hear that Wayde Van Niekerk our own athlete, has kept the Flag of South Africa flying high. He has continued to be our great ambassador and our beacon of hope as far as his achievement in track and field athletics. This clearly demonstrates that he remains disciplined and continues to reach for the summit therefore making all South Africans along the way Proud. The recognition that my Department has previously bestowed upon him (named Sports man and Sports Star of the Year 2014/2015 and 2015/2016) clearly demonstrate that he is a deserving athletes and I hope he continue to inspire all athletes that when you win one or two medals, you still haven't achieved and as long as you are alive, you must continue to protect and look after your talent and further continue to do well so that you can equally be regarded as the World Best", Minister TW Nxesi. 

Wayde Van Niekerk next international competition will be in LausanneSwitzerland on July 6, where he will compete in the 400m.

Issued by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa

• Sabelo Mali (Minister Media Liaison Officer), Cell: 082 729 5804     
• Mr Mickey Modisane Head of Communications SRSA,
E-mail: Cell: 082 992 0101 Tel: 012 304 5159 

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