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Wayde wins Rio Olympics’ best male athlete award

More global honours came the way of Wayde van Niekerk on Tuesday night as he was named best male athlete of the Rio Olympics at the Association of National Olympic Committees awards in Doha, Qatar.
Van Niekerk won gold in the 400-metre track event, at the same time breaking the 17-year-old world record of 43.18sec, held by Michael Johnson.
What made Van Niekerk’s 43.03sec win all the more remarkable was that he ran in the unfavoured lane eight.
The women’s award went to women’s tennis champion Monica Puig of Puerto Rico who beat second-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the final in Rio.
Tuesday also saw the ANOC’s general assembly being held.
Associated Press reports that in other awards, the men’s team award went to Fiji’s gold-medal winning rugby sevens team, and the female prize going to Britain’s winning field hockey team.
Brazil’s Rafaela Silva, who grew up in a Rio slum and won a gold medal in judo at the games, took the award for most inspirational performance.
The British Olympic Association was honoured as the most successful national Olympic committee after finishing second in the medals table behind the United States with 67 medals, it’s most ever on foreign soil. Britain, who won 65 medals at the 2012 London Olympics, became the first country to win more medals at an Olympics immediately after hosting the event.
‘Breakthrough’ awards were given to countries winning their first-ever Olympic medal or first-ever gold medal in Rio – Bahrain, Ivory Coast, Fiji, Jordan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Tajikistan and Vietnam.

Picture courtesy of BBC


19 Comments

  1. Odette Perry

    November 16, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Well done and well deservedU0001f607U0001f60e

  2. Elzaan Zeeman

    November 16, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Baie baie geluk welverdiend, super trots!!!

  3. Lisle Carolissen

    November 16, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Whoohoo! Well done Wayde!

  4. Ntombentsha Mantantana

    November 16, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Happy for him

  5. Charlotte Butler

    November 16, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Proud of you.

  6. Susanna Orr

    November 16, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Great news. Great man.

  7. Debbie Koopman

    November 16, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Well done, Wayde …

  8. Libby Davids

    November 16, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Well deserved and congratulations Wade.

  9. Angee Hlophe

    November 16, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Wow….Congratulation to Wayde….we are Proud of you

  10. Shan Gotte

    November 16, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Congrats …you really deserve this

  11. Ilse Kydd

    November 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Well done Wayde! So proud of you.

  12. Fred Oosthuizen

    November 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Praise the Lord!

  13. Matome Phyllis Rapholo

    November 16, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Well done Wayde

  14. Diane Arendse

    November 16, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Well done and congratulations Wade

  15. Kobie Marais-Duncker

    November 16, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Ons super ster,, trots op jou,,, jy verdien dit Wayde

  16. Lieza Cilliers

    November 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Great and well deserved achievement!

  17. Lesley Sleath

    November 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    So happy for Wayde such a humble guy using his God given talent to the max!

  18. Elzana Gerber

    November 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Fantastic achievement, well deserved!! Congratulations Wayde U0001f1ffU0001f1e6U0001f1ffU0001f1e6U0001f1ffU0001f1e6U0001f1ffU0001f1e6U0001f1ffU0001f1e6U0001f1ffU0001f1e6U0001f1ffU0001f1e6U0001f1ffU0001f1e6

  19. Jocille Walters

    November 16, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Definitely well deserved,congratulations Wayde.You continue to make us proud!

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