South African Wayde van Niekerk makes sprinting history

Nobanda G

The African National Congress salutes South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk, the world 400m champion who has become the first man in history to run faster than 10 seconds for 100 metres.

The sprinter and world 400 metre champion recently smashed his personal best in the shorter sprint at the Free State Championships in Bloemfontein. The 23 year old has apparently not competed in a 100 metre race since his junior days, so his previous personal best of 10.45, also set in Bloemfontein in 2011, was due for some serious revision.

ANC congratulate you Wayde on this sterling performance that surprised everyone, even yourself. The fighting spirit and endurance you possess is typical of our national determination to conquer under very trying and difficult circumstances. You have managed to fly our flag high wherever you participate. South Africans from all walks of life must celebrate this display of commitment and courage. We commend you for shinning excellence and high competitive spirit.