History in the making
August 15, 2016 1:34am CST
Rio de Jenerio Olympic games has not been the easiest for our swimmers they seemed to be stuck in a Silver Stream but last night one of our great runners Wade van Niekerk made history when he took to the Athletic track and Broke the World Record in the 400m and breaking a long standing Michael Johnson's WR. 43:03 So at last the Silver Curse has been broken and we have One Gold . . . News headlines state: "South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk broke Michael Johnson's 17-year-old 400m world record to sensationally win Olympic gold at Rio 2016. The 24-year-old finished in 43.03 seconds, 0.15 quicker than the time Johnson clocked in Seville in 1999." "Usain has been such a huge rock, inspiring me as an athlete. He told me back in Jamaica that 'you will break the world record'. And he came to me after and said 'I told you you could do it'." In the Men's 100m sprint - Usain Bolt reigns supreme but we were delighted to see a South African 5th in that final only ".13 Seconds" behind the winner Brilliant energy at the Athletic Arena in Rio - We are watching this at Midnight till 3 am in the morning! I remember two years ago sitting in a ZURICH Athletic Arena waiting to see Usain Bolt run - Magic Moments! What have you found amazing while watching?
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15 Aug 16
I'm bleary eyed today! hi Lany Yesterday 5 golds for team GB! Max Whitlock x 2 in gymnastics! Justin Rose golf, Jason Kenny cycling and Andy Murray in the tennis. We are second in the medal table! So proud of team GB :) It's all been stunning to watch, but I think that Van Niekerk run was just sensational. So pleased I stayed up to watch it live. (Sorry for the very very late (or early) message)
• South Africa
18 Aug 16
yes we did - it happened that on the day before we were leaving SA on 23 August to go to Belgium we heard that he would be running on the 28th August in Zurich, so I called my friends in Antwerp and they said that they would drive us down to Zurich via Luxembourg for a day, so that we could see him run at the Weltklasse Zürich. We stayed over and then returned to Antwerp via the Black Forest region. It was the most expensive 4 day trip in my life - the tickets for the Athletics are not cheap for a South African - R2600, or $240 each.
• South Africa
18 Aug 16
@MALUSE we had fabulous seats, and my hubby even got our SA flag signed by some athletes but not Usain. We saw many other famous athletes as well - it was brilliant. We were the only South African in the Stadium and found ourselves on the BIG Screen a few times when any SA Athlete ran. The flag caught the cameraman's eye all the time. My hubby went to the rail just like a kid. The people were so friendly and asked us questions all night long. Then there was a magnificent fireworks display before we all left and hubby and I strolled back to the hotel.