South African Olympian Wayde van Niekerk moments after breaking 400 m World Record Picture Source: @olympicchannel

No sooner had the dust settled behind Olympic Gold Medalist, Wayde van Niekerk’s tracks than a war of words erupted on social media platforms on whether he is coloured or black.

Van Niekerk destroyed Michael Johnson’s 17 year World Record  at the #Rio2016 Olympics by 0.15 seconds.

Some Twitter users took offense with those who had turned Van Niekerk’s victory into a racial issue 

Historical marginalisation of coloured South Africans?


Wayde van Niekerk is trained by his grandmother. His mother, Odessa Swarts could not participate in international competitions under apartheid law because she is coloured.