Wayde van Niekerk watched Liverpool beat Arsenal before winning 400m at Olympics

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Since the athletics got underway a few days ago, a new energy has arrived at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

There has been blood, sweat, and most certainly tears, but the amount of world records broken so far has been staggering.

South African 400m runner Wayde van Niekerk was the latest to break a record, shattering a 17-year old record set by US Olympic legend Michael Johnson all the way back in 1999.


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The former record of 43.18 seconds was said to be "unbeatable" by many pundits, but the 24-year-old had them all eating humble pie on Sunday night when he clocked an unbelievable time of 43.03 seconds.

Images had soon surfaced online of Usain Bolt reacting to the phenomenal result as he entered the arena. 

Speaking to the press after claiming his gold medal, van Niekerk explained his optimism of breaking the world record.

“I believed I could get the world record. I’ve dreamed of this medal forever,” said Van Niekerk. “I am blessed.”

A fellow 400m competitor LaShawn Merritt admitted that van Niekerk's time was fast.

“I knew the time was going to be fast, but I didn’t think it was going to be 43.0 fast. It is what it is. You take it,” said Merritt. “He ran his heart out.”

Later in the South African's interview, he explained his pre-race nerves went through the mill as he watched his beloved Liverpool take on Arsenal in a tight affair at the Emirates Stadium.

After falling 1-0 behind to Theo Walcott's goal, Jurgen Klopp's side stormed into a stadium-silencing 4-1 lead, which will have calmed van Niekerk's nerves somewhat - for the meantime at least.

Second half goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers created an uneasy atmosphere for both sets of fans in the final 15 minutes, but to the delight of the travelling Reds fans, as well as Van Niekerk, Liverpool managed to hold onto their lead and claim a monumental three points.

“I've got the world record now, and I've got Liverpool!” he said. “I've got a lot to brag about!

“My brother is an Arsenal fan, too, so it was just a great night!

“I watched the Liverpool match before, I was losing my mind because it was a tight match. We got the win.”

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