Wayde van Niekerk produced remarkable victory in the men’s 400m at the World Championships in Beijing, China, on Wednesday.
His win made him South Africa’s first world champion in a sprint event as he crossed the line at 43.48 seconds. The result penned his name in history books as the fourth-fastest man in the event ever and the quickest non-American athlete to date.
The field was not short of quality as defending champion Lawshawn Merritt achieve a personal best of 43.65 seconds for silver, while Olympic champion Kirani James claimed bronze in a season best of 43.78 seconds.
Meaning all athletes who managed a podium finish, did so inside 43.8 second, thus making this one of the fastest contest in recent history.