Wayde Van Niekerk. So incredible! It just struck me that for some people his run was 43 entertaining seconds but for him it's been a lifelong journey. Imagine the doubt demons that man had to battle on that pathway? Imagine how many people who met him as a teenager thought "cute man, he just won the school race." and had no clue that this kid was thinking five to ten years down the line and probably already had his sights set on the gold. Back then there was probably only a tiny handful of people around him who knew what he was dreaming up and supporting him. The rest probably thought he was quite talented for a high school kid but that he should focus on his mathematics. I literally couldn't know less about homie or his journey but his wikipedia tells me that in 2012 his personal best was some 46 seconds. More than 3 seconds slower than the world record which had been set 13 years previously. If you'd told me to place bets on who would be winning gold in 2016 you can bet it wouldn't have been on a kid currently running 3 seconds behind the record. And it only takes a weency smattering of empathy to know that the view from his shoes at the time did not show a clear path to the gold. There was literally not a single person alive on the planet who could say "Hey dude... this is how you run the 400 in 43,03 seconds." It's more likely that there were a bunch of people saying "Well you know, the future of an athlete is so un-secure... You should focus on your studies." It seams so fitting that he set the record running blind. In my mind it's just an allegory for the rest of his journey. He set the record comparing himself to no one else. It honestly blows my mind what that man achieved.