Firm favourite in the 100m finals at the 2018 IOC Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, South African sprint sensation Luke Davids charged over the line in 10.15 seconds to win the 100m Gold Medal on Monday 15 October 2018.
The term “Coloured” began trending on Twitter after Wayde van Niekerk won Olympic gold and set a new world record, and that’s okay, says Carla Bernardo.
Many of the issues she explores in this article are in fact what Bruinou.com is all about.
Why Wayde's Gold is a Win for Coloured Identity
by Carla Bernado - IOL
Cape Town - So, while the rest of the world began celebrating Wayde Van Niekerk as an incredible athlete who - at the tender age of 24 - smashed a 17-year-old record, somewhere along the line, we South Africans began debating about who, as a race group, gets ownership of Team SA’s only gold medalist in Rio.
The term “coloured” began trending on Monday morning and my immediate reaction was: “But why? Let this boy bask in his well-deserved glory, at least for a day.”
But almost as soon as I thought that, I realised what Wayde’s win could do for the coloured narrative in South Africa.
Now see, I have recently started proudly identifying myself as coloured.
Never before has any athlete in the world been able to break the Dream Race times in all three sprint events of the 100m, 200m and 400m. History has been made.
On Saturday 12 march 2016 our very own 400m World Champion Wayde van Niekerk set a new benchmark for athletes across the world when he became the first man in history to run faster than 10 seconds for 100 metres, 20 seconds for 200 metres and 44 seconds for 400 metres.
Surprising himself and the small crowd in attendance, the 23 year old Wayde having not competed in the 100m sprint since his junior days in 2011, smashed his previous personal best of 10.45 at the Free State Championships in Bloemfontein, winning in a time of 9.98.