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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?

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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.

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