5 Africans under 30 who are making a huge difference in the world of sports in 2019

Adom Tabbey-Botchwey July 07, 2019

Wayde van Niekerk, 26, South Africa, Track and Field Athlete

According to his official website, Wayde is an alumni of State University, where he studied marketing. He holds the unique distinction of being the only man to have run under 10 seconds over 100m, 20 seconds over 200m, 44 seconds over 400m. He also boasts the fastest time in history in the 300m seen as an unofficial distance by the IAAF.

He has participated in a host of world championships including the Olympic Games – Rio 2016 (1st 400m, 43.03), World Championships – Beijing 2015 (1st 400m, 43.48), Commonwealth Games – Glasgow 2014 (2nd 400m, 44.68), African Championships – Durban 2016 (1st 200m, 20.02; 1st 4x100m, 38.84); Marrakech 2014 (2nd 400m, 45.00), Continental Cup – Marrakech 2014 (1st 4x400m, 3:00.03; 4th 400m, 45.27), World Student Games – Kazan 2013 (3rd 4x400m relay, 3:06.19) and the World Junior Championships – Moncton 2010 (4th 200m, 21.02)


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