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South Africa Celebrates Wayde van Niekerk's World Record-Breaking Olympic Victory For the Ages

South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk put on one of the all-time greatest Olympic performances, winning gold and smashing the 400m world record.

If you haven’t heard, South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk put on one of the all-time greatest Olympic performances Sunday in Rio. Running from the unlikely outside lane of the men’s 400m event, the 24-year-old from Cape Town took home South Africa’s first gold of the Rio Games and picked up a world record in the process. Clocking in at an unimaginable 43.03-seconds, the 8th-ranked South African outran two former Olympians (it wasn’t even close) and obliterated American track-and-field great Michael Johnson’s 17-year 400m world record by .15 of a second.


“I was running blind all the way,” van Niekerk said after the race. “I thought someone was going to catch me — what’s going on, what’s going on, and it gave me motivation to keep on pushing.”

The race happened early Monday morning in van Niekerk’s home country. Many in South Africa are just waking up to the news. #WaydevanNiekerk, not surprisingly, is currently the top trend on SA Twitter, followed by #mondaymotivation, World Record and Wade. (But let’s be real, van Niekerk is the ultimate Monday motivation)

“Proudly South African” is also trending.

Music

Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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