Those keen on athletics will have been stunned by South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk – who broke the 400m world record last night – smashing Michael Johnson’s famous world record from 1999 by a whopping 0.15 seconds.
If you haven’t watched his run, you can do so via the BBC Sport website. We’d urge you to – it’s special.
But the reason we’re writing about him is that he’s a big Liverpool fan and celebrated doubly last night – partly because of his own gold medal and ludicrous achievement – and secondly because we beat Arsenal, the team his brother supports!
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The fact van Niekerk felt the need to mention our win after he’d just produced one of the greatest moments in athletics history is just brilliant, for us. The 24-year-old must be a proper fan!
With Usain Bolt, who’s openly Manchester United, retiring after Rio, it’ll be nice that athletics’ next superstar supports us instead of our rivals. Everyone loves Bolt, but his football team always clouded him ever so slightly – but thankfully van Niekerk has his head screwed on!