The International Association Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed Wayde Van Niekerk’s 400m world record set at this year’s Rio Olympic Games.
Van Niekerk clocked for gold at 43.03, only 0.15seconds quicker than American athlete Micheal Johnson’s previous world best set in 1999.
Van Niekerk is joined on the list by fellow African from Ethiopia, Almaz Ayana in the women’s 10 000m clocking at 14.33 seconds earlier than Wang Junxia’s record.
The athletic governing board approved Van Niekerk and Ayana’s time, along with two other world records.
The gold medallist retweeted IAAF’s Twitter post confirming the records.
Meanwhile, Helen Zille has reportedly written to Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille suggesting that Green Point Athletics Stadium be renamed after Van Niekerk.
Zille said Van Niekerk flew South Africa’s flag high and did the nation proud.
“These are extraordinary feats‚ especially for a 24-year-old university student. I believe it would be appropriate to honour Mr Van Niekerk by renaming the current Green Point Athletics Stadium after him. He has not only done the country proud‚ but his home city and province,” said Zille.
“The renaming of the stadium would not only serve as a reminder of his incredible story‚ but as an inspiration to many other young people – demonstrating that anything is possible‚ with the right combination of discipline‚ hard work and dedication”.
Confirmed world records:
Women’s 100m hurdles: 12.20 (0.3m/s) Kendra Harrison (USA) London, July 22, 2016
Previous: 12.21 (0.7m/s) Yordanka Donkova (BUL) Stara Zagora, August 20, 1988
Women’s 10 000m: 29:17.45 Almaz Ayana (ETH) Rio de Janeiro, August 12, 2016
Previous: 29:31.78 Wang Junxia (CHN) Beijing, September 8, 1993
Men’s 400m: 43.03 Wayde van Niekerk (RSA) Rio de Janeiro, August 14, 2016
Previous: 43.18 Michael Johnson (USA) Seville, August 26, 1999
Women’s hammer: 82.29m Anita Wlodarczyk (POL) Rio de Janeiro, August 15, 2016
Previous: 81.08m Anita Wlodarczyk (POL) Cetniewo, August 1, 2015