SA’s Van Niekerk in line for more global honours

South Africa’s 2016 Olympic 400-metre track gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk is up for yet another prestigious global award… this time at the Laureus World Sports Awards. Van Niekerk,... Read more
SA's Van Niekerk in line for more global honours

South Africa’s 2016 Olympic 400-metre track gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk is up for yet another prestigious global award… this time at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Van Niekerk, already named best male athlete of the year at the Rio Olympics by the Association of International Olympic Committees (Anoc) after he broke Michael Johnson’s long-standing world record, is on the shortlist of nominees for the  Breakthrough of the Year category.

Up against him will be fellow track athlete, Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana (who shattered the women’s world 10,000m record in Rio), the Fiji men’s rugby sevens team (the Blitzboks won bronze in Rio), Iceland’s men’s football team after their amazing European Championships showing, English Premier League winners Leicester City FC and Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg.

Van Niekerk also recently announced his engagement to long-time girlfriend Chesney Campbell in Bloemfontein.

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