RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL. 12 AUGUST 2016. Wayde van Niekerk during the 400m heats in the Olympic Stadium at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games tonight. Copyright picture by WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / SASPA

A dream came true Sunday for Wayde van Niekerk – and his country – as he made his Olympic goal true… to win gold in the Men’s 400m in Rio, Brazil. The South African athlete also broke Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old record to record a phenomenal world record of 43.03 sec!

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL. 12 AUGUST 2016. Wayde van Niekerk during the 400m heats in the Olympic Stadium at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games tonight. Copyright picture by WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / SASPA
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL. 12 AUGUST 2016. Wayde van Niekerk during the 400m heats in the Olympic Stadium at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games tonight.
Copyright picture by WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / SASPA

Twenty-four-year-old Van Niekerk ran the race in 0.15s faster than Johnson’s 1999 record from Seville, Spain… securing South Africa’s first gold medal of the Games!

Watch the video of Wayde van Niekerk winning Gold at the Olympics.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

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