Last Updated on May 12, 2021 by pirie

No ill-feeling between myself and Wayde van Niekerk‚ says Tannie Ans

Celebrated athletics coach Tannie Ans Botha has opened up about her high-profile parting of ways with long-time protégée Wayde van Niekerk a few days ago and insisted there is no bad blood between them.

Botha turned Van Niekerk from a 100m and 200m sprinter to the 400m‚ where he won the Olympic title at Rio 2016 in a 43.03-sec world record‚ as well as the 2015 and 2017 world titles.

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Will anyone break Wayde Van Niekerk’s 400 time?

Michael Norman of the USA a big chance to break Wayde Van Niekirk 400m record


Two male track athletes have a shot at the 400m record:

Wayde Van Niekirk and Micheal Norman

Being the current record holder, Wayde is only 26 years old and will probably 27 by the start of the 2020 Olympics. He is basically still in his prime. He is the only problem he is coming off a serious knee injury he suffered in a rugby match in 2017.

Micheal Norman is the other person I see having a chance. He is only 21 years old and opened his track season this year with 43.45 400m, which is already 6th all time. If he didn’t get it at the Olympics in 2020, he’d only be around 25 when Paris 2024 happens.

My money is personally on Micheal Norman to break the record.

Wayde Van Niekirk wrecks his knee playing Rugby

Nov 1, 2017


Usain Bolt chose to succeed him as the athletics king has wrecked his knee playing rugby. Wayde van Niekirk, the Olympic and world 400 meters champion and the world record holder, will be sidelined for the next 6 months.

“I was looking forward to competing in the 100m and 200m events in Gold Coast and participating at the national championships in March, so this is unfortunate timing,” said Wayde Van Niekerk, who will undergo surgery in America.

Wayde Van Niekirk had opted to compete in the 100 and 200 and rest from the 400 at the Commonwealth Games. 

It means South Africa’s newly married track sensation, who has torn his anterior cruciate ligament, misses the Commonwealth Games in Australia next April.  The 25-year old also sustained medial and lateral tears of the meniscus whilst playing in a celebrity touch rugby match in Cape Town.





2017 World Athletics News – 9.94 PB Wayde Van Niekirk

Jun 22, 2017

World 400 Record Holder and Olympic Champion 24-year-old Wayde Van Niekirk of South Africa broke his 100 PB with a 9.94 (+0.9) run. And did this at the International Meet at Velenje, Slovenia, on June 20. This time Wayde Van Niekirk shaved 0.04 off his PB.


Waude Van Niekirk is the only man to have broken the 10 seconds (100m), 20 seconds (200m), and 44 seconds (400m) barriers.


He had previously lowered his 200m best to 19.84 ten days ago in Kingston.


Its my best time and I’m glad the competition ended the way I wanted it to. This also bodes well for my main two distances. He said.


Emile Erasmus and Heinrich Bruinjies finished 2nd and 3rd, both also from South Africa. Van Niekerk has the best time of 43.03 in the 400. And will contend the 200 and 400 events at the world champs in London in August.


Isaac Makwala of Botswana won the 400 in 45.12. Amel Tuka won the 800 for Bosnia Herzegovina in 1.45.34. Filip Mihaljevic won the Shotput in 20.14 and Discus 62.38m for Croatia. Hamish Peacock of Australia won the Javelin in 81.82m. Sandra Perkovic also won the women’s Discus.


It was good to see smaller nations such as Kosovo and Macedonia participating and setting new national marks.

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Van Niekirk breaks the record of the Great Michael Johnson in Lane 8 (Video)

Aug 24, 2016


2015 World Champion Wayde Van Niekirk led all the way in challenging lane 8 to break the 400-meter world record of the Great Michael Johnson (43.18) set in 1999. Van Niekirk became the first man to win from an outside lane in the 400 meters since Eric Liddel of Scotland (made famous in the film Chariots of Fire, who won in 1924 from lane 6). Splitting impressive 10.7 and 20.5 in the first 100 and 200 of the 400, this was a lot faster than Johnson’s 21.2 splits.


Wayde Van Niekirk had moved up from being a 100,200 runner as a junior to the 400. In the Olympic final. He pulled away from former Olympic and World champions Kirani James (Grenada)  and La Shawn Merritt (USA) 43.76 and 43.85, who strained together next to each other for silver and bronze.


Former sprinter Ato Boldon and now sports analyst predicted the 400 meters would be the high-performance event these games and the world record would go. Van Niekirk truly is looking at succeeding Bolt as the face of men’s sprints bringing back excitement to the quarter-mile

Even Johnson thought so. In comments for the BBC – he’s a track and field TV analyst for them – Johnson said: “Oh my God! From lane eight, a world record. 

He took it out so quick. I have never seen anything from 200 to 400 like that. “That was a massacre from Wayde van Niekerk. He just put those guys away.”


Personal bests

  • 100 meters – 9.98 sec (2016)
  • 150 meters – 15.89 sec (2011)
  • 200 meters – 19.94 sec (2015)
  • 300 meters – 31.03 sec (2016)

400 meters – 43.03 sec (2016)



By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here http://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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