I am very proud as a South African and as an IOC member, to have been at the event a few hours ago where Wayde van Niekerk broke the 400m World Record. His Olympic Gold Medal win has made us all extremely excited and proud of him as a son of South Africa.
Breaking Michael Johnson’s record, is no mean feat, more importantly as Johnson is the only person to have had done the 100m in under 10 seconds, the 200m under 20 seconds and to have held the world record for the 400m.
We congratulate Wayde for the huge honour he has bestowed upon us.
It is also with deep pride that I extend my congratulations to Luvo Manyonga for winning the Silver Medal in the Men’s Long Jump, a triumph which he achieved against all odds.