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Record-breaking Wayde: ‘All chains are broken’
- Updated: June 16, 2014
By Mark Etheridge
Still revelling in his national 400-metre record, Wayde van Niekerk reckons his breakthrough run in New York on Saturday will be pivotal.
Van Niekerk ran 44.38sec to beat the 15-year-old previous best of Arnaud Malherbe and Hendrik Mokganyetsi by 0.11sec.
“It’s a very WOW moment,” Van Niekerk told Road to Rio 2016. “I really need to first of all say thank you and my humblest thanks to the Lord. He was in charge from start to finish.
“Also, this achievement means nothing without the people who believe and support me. I’d love to give them all a big hug for believing and pushing me on.”
Van Niekerk who four years ago ran for Team SA at the Zone VI Games in Swaziland ago before going on to represent the green and gold in World Championships at senior level, is still largely considered a 200m runner.
But this new achievement will no doubt show him where his talents lie.
“From here on forward all chains are broken, limits do not exist any more. I always believed I was capable of the record .. I just never knew when.
“Now,┬á in two weeks I do a 200m and am super excited.” But how fast can he go over the one-lapper? He’s playing his cards close to his chest right now. “We will have to see…”