For Wayde van Niekerk, tomorrow is always about being better.
What’s faster than the fastest? Olympic World Record holder Wayde van Niekerk is trying to find out.
My goal was to win Gold at the 2016 Olympic Games, so when I achieved that the year before at the World Championships in Beijing, I needed to set a new goal for personal growth. The blessing of the world record at the Olympics, was exactly what I had needed.
The moment I crossed the line and saw my world record, I think people expected a “Wow” response from me, but I was just doing what I love. It’s what I'd been working towards for years and years. To me, it was another step forward to becoming the best athlete I could be.
One minute my career was picking up speed, and in the next, I thought it was all over because of the injury sustained in 2017. Right after it happened, I was trying to fight the fact that I was injured. I tried not to believe it. Once it became a reality though, I felt completely knocked down.