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Wayde van Niekerk smashes Michael Johnson’s 400m world record

South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk not only won the Olympic gold medal in the men’s 400 metres, he smashed U.S. sprinter Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old record in spectacular fashion Sunday night in Rio. Van Niekerk won in 43.03 seconds, beating Johnson’s 43.18 record from 1999, and in the process dethroning defending Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada who won silver in 43.76. American Lashawn Merritt won bronze in […]