My son has woken up the world: Wayde van Niekerk's proud mom

All eyes are on superstar sprinter Wayde van Niekerk after he clinched gold for South Africa at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The 24-year-old crossed the finish line in 43:03 seconds and broke a 17-year world record in the 400 metre final on Sunday.

His mother, Odessa Swarts says that her son's surreal victory has moved people from across the globe.

It's like this child has woken up the world, not just South Africa... he has us all stunned.

Odessa Swarts, Wayde van Niekerk's mother

Swarts explains that her son has always confidently ran his own race and has never been distracted by competitors.

She says that her family was anticipating a gold medal performance, adding that the world record win is a cherry on top.

The response has been overwhelming and she has thanked South Africans for their support and encouragement.

Listen to the full conversation:


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