Wayde van Niekerk became the first man in the history of Track & Field to run the 100m in sub 10 seconds, the 200m in sub 20 seconds and 400m in sub 44 seconds. The 2015 world 400m champion has proven himself as one of the most versatile athletes, however, it seems that the higher he is elevated, the more humble the star gets. Let’s find out more about Van Niekerk before he breaks the world 400m record later this year:

What is your nickname? “Mine? Do I even have a nickname? My girlfriend calls me Waydie and the guys Waydo”

Describe yourself in three words? ” God, family, dreamer”

What is the last thought before settling into the blocks? “I give my all to the Lord before I go on in the blocks”

What does a typical daily menu look like for Wayde? “Meat!!! (Lol) I keep it basic, I eat normal meals three times a day”

Name one thing no one knows about you? “I don’t know, I want to own a Dodge challenger one day” (well there you have it, that could make a great birthday gift for him)

Favourite music and artists? “Anything J Cole”

Favourite food? “Meat!!!!! Meat and meat #LambChops” (The passion in that answer though hehe)

Craziest thing you have ever done? “I think I was a scared kid, I haven’t done much crazy things”

What other sports and teams are you passionate about? “Soccer, Sevens and recently learning to play golf with the guys. I support Liverpool and a bit of Real Madrid”

Who is you role-model and why? “I look up to people close to me, so my family and people close to me”

Biggest athletics moment in your life? “Probably World Championships 2015”

Well, that’s just a little bit about the Grey Bloemfontein College alumnus. This year he already went under 10 seconds in the 100m and came close to running sub 44 seconds over his opening 400m race. Great things await this champion and we wish him nothing but the best.