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

Athletics - Olympics: Day 9

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.

BECOME A WRITER

Do you have what it takes? Sign up today and send over your 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay3

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.”

Athletics - Olympics: Day 9 Arsenal v Liverpool - Premier League

“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.”

News Now - Sport News