Wayde Van Niekerk Biography
Wayde van Niekerk is a South African track and field sprinter who competes in the 200 and 400 metre races. He was born on 15 July 1992 in Kraaifontein, Cape Town to Wayne van Niekerk and sprinter Odessa Swarts.
He attended Bellville Primary until he and his mother moved to Bloemfontein in 2005. There he went to Grey College before going on to study marketing at University of the Free State.
His personal best times are 19.94 seconds and 43.48 seconds for both distances. He has previously held the South African records for both distances and currently he holds the record for the 400 metre race.
He is the first athlete to run a 100 metres under 10 seconds, 200 metres under 20 seconds and 400 metres in under 44 seconds.
While growing up, Wayde’s entire family took part in and supported an array of different sports. His interests have always been in athletics, and he enjoyed this as part of the sporting segment he wanted to be involved in. He began to focus on athletics and consider it as a viable career path in 2010 when he represented the country in a competition that saw him come out on top. His performance was better than he had expected.
Wayde Van Niekerk Age
He was born on 15 July 1992.
Wayde Van Niekerk Girlfriend
Van Niekerk married Chesney Campbel on 29 October 2017.
Wayde Van Niekerk Parents
Van Niekerk was born to Wayne van Niekerk and sprinter Odessa Swarts. His biological parents divorced, and he was living with his mother Odessa Swarts and step-father Steven Swarts in Bloemfontein as of 2016.
Wayde Van Niekerk Family
Van Niekerk is the cousin of South African rugby union and rugby sevens player Cheslin Kolbe. He first started using his speed while playing rugby in junior school in Cape Town. He and his cousin, Kolbe, were on the same team. More than 12 years later they were both in the South African Olympic Team in Rio, with Kolbe playing in the Sevens.