South African cricketers past and present flocked to Twitter early on Monday morning to sing the praises of new 400m record holder Wayne van Niekerk, after he smashed Michael Johnson's record in Rio.
Van Niekerk led from start to finish from lane eight and demolished the likes of LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James, and the Proteas, from AB to KG, were beside themselves.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) August 15, 2016
— hashim amla (@amlahash) August 15, 2016
What a special feeling waking up to the news of @WaydeDreamer winning the 400m and breaking the World record. Great inspiration to so many!
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 15, 2016
— Vernon Philander (@VDP_24) August 15, 2016
— kagiso rabada (@KagisoRabada25) August 15, 2016
@WaydeDreamer take a bow bud. Unbelievable moment for SA sport. Well deserved??medal for u and flying ???? flag.
— Dean Elgar (@deanelgar) August 15, 2016
— David Miller (@DavidMillerSA12) August 15, 2016
— Dane Piedt (@dane_piedt63) August 15, 2016
— farhaan behardien (@fudgie11) August 15, 2016
Smashed the great Michael Johnson's record !!! @WaydeDreamer u absolute legend!!!
— Rory Kleinveldt (@RoryK_9) August 15, 2016
— Shaun Pollock (@7polly7) August 15, 2016
Still battling to comprehend that AWESOME performance from Wayde van Niekerk…surely our greatest sporting moment in many many years
— Pat Symcox (@PatSymcox77) August 15, 2016
Wayde van Niekerk! #incredible
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) August 15, 2016
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) August 15, 2016
— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) August 15, 2016
Gold and a new world record, congratulations brother @WaydeDreamer
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) August 15, 2016
— Joel Stransky (@stranners) August 15, 2016
The 400m is tough and to break a 13 year old WR at the Olympics, is even better! Well done Wayde v Niekerk!
— Kobus Wiese (@4KobusWiese) August 15, 2016
And the great man himself sent his love as well.
— Michael Johnson (@MJGold) August 15, 2016
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