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  1. Zambian President Edgar Lungu re-elected
  2. Nigerian journalist wanted for 'Boko Haram links'
  3. Journalist says he is loyal to Nigeria
  4. South Sudan to consider UN protection force plan
  5. South Africa baby snatcher sentenced to 10 years
  6. National mourning in DR Congo after weekend massacre
  7. South African Wayde van Niekerk breaks 400m world record
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  9. Email stories and comments to - Monday 15 August 2016

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up to date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website

A reminder of today's wise words:

The child who is sent by his father to steal, breaks down the door."

An Igbo proverb sent by Damasus Odinkaru, Orlu, Nigeria

Click here to send in your own African proverbs.

And we leave you with this photo of Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi competing in one of the heats in the men's 3,000m steeplechase at the Rio Olympics in Brazil. 

Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya competes in round one of the Men"s 3000m Steeplechase
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Wayde van Niekerk's journey

South Africa's News24 has posted a video showing the life story of South Africa's world record breaking 400m runner Wayne van Niekerk.

His mother Odessa Swarts recalls that Wayde was born prematurely and she was warned that the baby might only have 24 hours to live.

He survived and as a child he became the second fastest under-10 in the country.

Watch more about him here:

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Ms Swarts was also a high-performing South African athlete.

Rio 2016: African action later on Monday

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Nigeria basketball player
Nigeria have to beat Brazil in the basketball to have any chance of going through to the next round

It's another busy night of sport in Rio, here are some of the events with an African interest to look out for: 


  • Nigeria will take on hosts Brazil and have to win and hope other results go their way to ensure they go through to the next round


  • Morocco’s Achraf Kharroubi will fight Cuba’s Yosbany Veitia in the last 16 of the flyweight division 
  • Egypt’s Hosam Bakr Abdin is up against Mexico’s Misael Rodriguez in the quarter-finals of the middleweight division


  • Tunisia take on Croatia and have to win to stand any chance of progressing to the next stage

Horrific accounts of attacks in South Sudan

Horrific accounts of rape, pillage and killings have emerged weeks after fighting broke out between South Sudanese government forces and troops loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar, the AP news agency reports

Foreign workers and South Sudanese were targeted as soldiers loyal to President Kirr went on the rampage in the capital,Juba. 

Despite repeated calls for help, UN troops did not respond to the desperate pleas despite being near the area of attack. 

One survivor recounted a shocking and horrible choice by one of the soldiers: 

Either you have sex with me, or we make every man here rape you and then we shoot you in the head."

She was later raped by 15 men. 

UN tank
Survivors say UN peacekeepers did not answer calls for help

Champagne moment at Zambia's election centre

Earlier, we posted the video of the presidential election result being read out at Zambia's election centre.

In that short film the camera was pointed at the officials, but you could hear the chanting from Edgar Lungu's supporters in the background.

The BBC reporter in the room has shared her film of the supporters themselves ready with a portrait and champagne (or some kind of bubbly).

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Wife of jailed UK-Ethiopian activist worried about his life

The partner of an Ethiopia-born British activist jailed in Ethiopia has made a heart felt plea for his release.

Andargachew Tsege was kidnapped, it is believed that by Ethiopian operatives, while changing planes in Yemen two years ago.

He was then taken to Ethiopia where he had been sentenced to death in absentia for his political activities against the state.

Yemi Hailemariam writes in the Guardian that the recent action against anti-government protesters - in which Amnesty Intertnational says nearly 100 people died - has made her worried about her partner, who she calls Andy.

Ms Yemi writes:

All his family in the US and the UK can do is hope that Ethiopia’s government will be persuaded by its allies to end the killing, free Andy, and finally allow space for democracy in Ethiopia."

Andargachew Tsege
Yemi Hailemariam

Rio 2016: Moroccan takes bronze in boxing

Nick Cavell

BBC Africa Sport

Morocco’s Mohammed Rabii, who is the reigning world amateur champion, has won a bronze medal after he lost to Uzbekistan’s Shakhram Giyasov in the semi-finals of the welterweight division. 

It is the first Olympic medal Africa has won at the boxing since 2008.

Mohammed Rabii (MAR) of Morocco and Shakhram Giyasov (UZB) of Uzbekistan compete

Rio 2016: Medal prospects for Africa

Eritrea's Yemane Haileselassie (R) compete in the Men's 3000m heats
Eritrea's Yemane Haileselassie (R) competes in the men's 3,000m heats

Several qualification rounds have just finished and there have been some good African performances.

In the women's 200m Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou won her heat. She missed out on the 100m medals by a seven thousandths of a second - behind bronze medal winner Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. 

In the men's 3,000m Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi, will be the one to watch as he goes for a third Olympic medal. He won in 2004 and 2012. 

Here's a list of who's qualified for the next stage:

Women's 200m semi-finals Tuesday 01:00 GMT

  • Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou 
  • Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare
  • Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure

(Top 2 finishers in each of the three semi-finals go to final and two other fastest)

Men's 3,000m final – Wednesday 14:50 GMT

  • Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya 
  • Soufiane Elbakkali of Morocco
  • Brimin Kiprop Kipruto of Kenya
  • Jacob Arap Tany of Uganda
  • Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya
  • Yemane Haileselassie of Eritrea
  • Hamid Ezzine of Morocco
  • Amor Ben Yahia of Tunisia

'Streets of Lusaka are green and white'

The BBC's Nomsa Maseko has just told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that the streets of Zambia's capital, Lusaka, are green and white - the colours of the governing PF party - in the wake of President Edgar Lungu's re-election.

We've just been getting some photos of the celebrations:

PF supporters celebrate
PF supporters celebrate

The main opposition UPND party says it will challenge the election result.

Mr Lungu got just over the 50% threshold to avoid a second round run-off.

Rio 2016: Kenyans react to Jebet's win for Bahrain

Ruth Jebet of Bahrain celebrates after winning the women"s 3000m Steeplechase final

Ruth Jebet's win in the 3,000m steeplechase has some Kenyans pondering what could have been.

Jebet was born in Kenya but switched allegiance in 2013 to Bahrain.  

Here's a sample of some of the comments: 

That could have easily been #KEN gold medal.. But no, it belongs to #BRN ..Ruth Jebet wins of 8:59.75 for Bahrains first ever Olympic #gold.

Kenyan officials had no IDEA that Ruth Jebet had in fact changed allegiance. Woke up to find her in Bahrain Jersey two years ago...

Disappointment for #TeamKe courtesy of Ruth Jebet our export to Bahrain , but hopefully Ezekiel Kemboi will redeem us #Rio2016

Our daughter does not cease being our daughter because she got married to a rich man. Well done Ruth Jebet!!

Branchless banking arrives in Nigeria

A Nigerian bank, which is not relying on bricks and mortar branches, opened for business today.

The BBC's Umar Shehu Elleman in Lagos says the bank is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

Sun Trust Bank, backed by billionaire Aliko Dangote, wants customers to use the internet and their mobile phone.

Money can be taken out of ATMs at no charge.

It does have a building in Lagos, but inside, as Heat Nigeria describes it, the inside resembles an airport  departure loung rather than a bank.

It "is completely different, no kiosks or cashiers, signalling a total dependence on technology in its service offerings to the public".  

Bank building

Kenya-born Jebet takes gold in steeplechase

Kenyan-born Ruth Jebet, who runs for Bahrain, has just won the 3,000m steeplechase at the Rio Olympics.

She seemed to have a chance of breaking the world record but slowed down towards the line and just missed out.  

She won in a time of 8 minutes 59.75 seconds.

Kenya's Hyvin Jepkemoi came second, her compatriot Beatrice Chepkoech came fourth and Ethiopia's Sofia Assefa came fifth.

Ruth Jebet crossing the line

Zambia elections: Lungu supporters celebrate win

Nomsa Maseko

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, has been brought to a complete standstill after President Edgar Lungu was declared the winner of last week's presidential election. 

There are celebrations all over the city. Thousands dressed in the green and white of the Mr Lungu's Patriotic Front are celebrating on the street. 

Some opposition parties, including Mr Lungu’s main rival Hakainde Hichilema, have described this election as a sham which does not reflect the will of the people.

Lungu wins

Zambia elections: Lungu supporters celebrate

Supporters of Zambia's President Edgar Lungu have been celebrating his victory. The electoral commission announced that he had got 50.3% of the vote, avoiding a run-off against his close challenger Hakainde Hichilema who obtained 47.7%. 

The BBC's Meluse Kapatamoyo has sent us these pictures of Mr Lungu's supporters reveling in the victory of their man: 

Zambia elections: Lungu supporters celebrate
Zambia elections: Lungu supporters celebrate

ANC resolves to support Zuma despite election losses

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africa's governing ANC has taken collective responsibility for the recent disastrous municipal elections. 

It did not move to recall President Jacob Zuma.

The party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe described the talks in the 86-member executive committee as “frank, rough, open and robust”.

Mr Mantashe who is in charge of the day-to-day running of the governing party said: 

“The NEC unanimously agreed to take collective responsibility for the poor performance of the ANC during the elections and resolved to take immediate and bold actions to address the weaknesses and shortcomings that led to the decline of our electoral support.”

Some smaller opposition parties currently locked in coalition talks with the ANC demanded that Mr Zuma be removed if it wants their support.

Mr Mantashe rejected this, saying: "We are prepared to take to the opposition benches if we have to.”

There is no doubt the ANC is in decline. If its support continues to ebb away, it could even lose the 2019 general election, despite dominating every poll since 1994.

Zambia opposition calls Lungu's win 'a coup against democracy'

Zambia's main opposition candidate for president has said he would not recognise the result of the presidential election showing that President Edgar Lungu had won, RFI reports. 

Hakainde Hichilema called the results "a coup on democracy." He said that the election did not meet the minimum requirement of a free and fair election. 

Mr Hichilema said that he had raised electoral anomalies, especially in Lusaka, to the electoral commission and they had agreed that they will hold off the announcement until a verification of votes was done. 

He accused Mr Lungu of colluding with the commission to go ahead with the announcement of the results. 

He said Zambians now have to decide on how they want to proceed. 

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Zambians congratulate Edgar Lungu

The trendsmap website is showing that Edgar and Lungu are now trending on Twitter in Zambia as people share the news of the incumbent president's victory:

Grab from trendsmap

Some have been tweeting congratulaitons:

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Mr Lungu's main rival Hakainde Hichilema will now challenge the result, but one of his supporters has been among those sending congratulations:

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Zambia incumbent's small winning margin

It was the first time in Zambia that a presidential candidate had to get over 50% of the vote in order to be declared the outright  winner without the need for a second round.

The percentages for the two main candidates were:

  • Edgar Lungu 50.35%
  • Hakainde Hichilema 47.67%

Mr Hichilema's party, the UPND, has accused the commission of fraud and its lawyer has told the Reuters news agency that it has started legal proceedings. 

Edgar Lungu

The moment Lungu was declared election winner

A Zambian election monitoring group has put a video up of the moment that Zambia's President Edgar Lungu was declared the winner of Thursday's presidential election.

You can hear the loud cheering of his supporters before the returning officer finishes his sentence:

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Zambia's president passes 50% threshold - just

A Zambian election monitoring site is tweeting comments from the electoral commission:

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Mr Lungu needed more than 50% of the vote to be declared the outright winner - and he got over the threshold by less than one percentage point.

BreakingZambia's president re-elected

Zambia's incumbent President Edgar Lungu has been re-elected with more than 50% of the vote, the electoral commission says.

Zambia election final results being announced

Zambia's electoral commission is currently announcing the final set of results from Thursday's presidential election.

You can watch the announcement on the commission's Facebook page.

The two leading candidates, incumbent President Edgar Lungu and Hakiende Hichilema, are in a close race.

To avoid a run-off election, the winner needs more than 50% of the valid votes cast.

An election monitoring group is tweeting pictures and the figures from the results centre as the votes are being read out.

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Efforts to end political deadlock in Guinea Bissua

Abdourahmane Dia

BBC Afrique

Head of the West African regional bloc Ecowas Marcel Alain de Souza is heading to Guinea-Bissau to try to unlock a political crisis which has been going on for months following the sacking of Domingos Simoes Pereira as prime minister a year ago. 

Ecowas, which has 500 troops in the country, has appointed a special envoy who will reside in Bissau. 

As the head of the ruling PAIGC party, Mr Pereira is accused by President Jose Mario Vaz of causing the political deadlock. 

Mr de Souza has called on politicians in Guinea-Bissau to solve their issues by dialogue. 

He is due to meet leading members of the government today.

Guinea-Bissau has experienced several military coups since gaining independence from Portugal in 1974 following a liberation war.

Domingos Simoes Pereira
The scaking of Domingos Simoes Pereira led to this political crisis

Rio 2016: Record breaking Van Niekerk can't stop to amaze

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk continues to amaze. He's not only celebrating breaking the 400m world record but also another first. 

He's now the first athlete to clock sub-10 seconds for 100m, sub-20 for 200m and sub-44 for 400m.

Van Niekerk is also a student at the University of Free State in South Africa, the Vice Chancellor Jonathan Jansen, who knows him well, spoke to the BBC's Newsday programme.

South African runner who stunned athletics world by breaking 400m World Record

Call to keep the peace in Zambia

The Zambian electoral commission has been broadcasting scenes inside the results centre on its Facebook page.

It shows a lot of journalists waiting.

We spotted this poster on the wall urging people to: "Maintain peace before, during and after the elections."

Scenes inside results centre

Two candidates have alleged that there have been problems with the vote counting process.

Zambia elections: Only female candidate says election 'predetermined'

Zambians are eagerly waiting for the election results, so are journalists who have camped at the election results centre in Lusaka. 

The BBC's Meluse Kapatamoyo has sent us this picture of Edith Nawakwi, the only female candidate in the presidential race, at the venue where she is also waiting for the results. 

She's told our reporter that some results have been altered and described the outcome of the elections as "predetermined". 

The main opposition candidate - Hakainde Hichilema - has also alleged that there are problems.

The electoral commission has urged people to be patient as they wait for the results.

Edith Nawakwi of Forum for Democratic Development

Wanted journalist 'loyal to Nigeria'

Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida, who is wanted by the military over alleged links to the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, has released a statement saying he is willing to be questioned by the army.

He has previously denied links with the group.

Mr Salkida - who is currently in Dubai - says:

My total allegiance and sacrifice to the Federal Republic of Nigeria is self evident. I have stayed within the creed of professional journalism in my work... I made personal sacrifices for the release of our Chibok daughters.

Finally, the army is aware that I am not in Nigeria presently. In the coming days I will seek to get a flight to Abuja and avail myself to the army authorities. Indeed, my return will be hastened if the military sends me a ticket."

Bitter-sweet victory for Nurse's family

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg

It’s a story that has gripped South Africa but one that finally has closure. 

The 52-year old woman convicted on kidnapping Zephany Nurse back in 1997 was stone-faced as Judge John Hlophe handed down his sentence. 

Members of the Nurse family and the accused’s family packed the Cape Town courthouse. Delivering his ruling, Judge Hlope – a seasoned no-nonsense judge - slammed the woman for lying to the court during the trial. 

She has been sentenced to 10 years direct imprisonment – the judge said the steep sentence was also motivated by her continued lack of remorse. 

She denied stealing Zephany saying she was handed to her by a woman at a railway station – but this testimony was dismissed as a fairy tale. 

The soft-spoken seamstress has raised Zephany as her own very close to her biological parents lived. 

This day may help to bring closure to the Nurse family but it has been a bitter-sweet victory for them because they've been unable to form a bond with their long lost daughter, who still lives with the man who brought her up as her father.

Zephany Nurse's parents hug outside court
Zephany Nurse's biological parents hugged outside court after the sentence was handed down

South Sudan President Kiir addresses parliament on protection force

Ibrahim Haithar

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has officially opened and addressed the Transitional National Legislative Assembly. 

It is the first session of the parliament since the signing of the agreement in August 2015 which was aimed at ending the country's civil war. 

The UN's Radio Miraya has been tweeting on the proceedings: 

President Salva Kiir officially declares the Transitional National Legislative Assembly officially open in #Juba #SouthSudan @unmissmedia

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Mr Kiir also addressed the UN Security Council resolution to send a 4,000-strong African Union protection force troops to the country.

This came after fighting broke out in the capital, Juba, last month, which led to hundreds of deaths: 

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The South Sudan government has said it will refer the UN resolution to parliament.

South African baby snatcher gets 10 years in prison

Morne Nurse(C) speaks to the medias outside the Cape Town High court
Morne Nurse speaks to the media outside the Cape Town High court

We reported earlier about the sentencing of a South African woman who was found guilty of stealing Zephany Nurse, then a three-day-old baby, 19 years ago. 

We now have details of the judgement. 

The accused has been found guilty on three separate charges of kidnapping, fraud and contravention of the children's act.

She got a 14 year sentence for kidnapping, four of those were suspended. She was also sentenced for the other crimes and will serve that time concurrently - making, in effect, a 10-year sentence.

The judge said the accused was not remorseful and he took that into account when considering the sentence. He told the accused that "one day when you have served your sentence, you will not be broken but that you will be rehabilitated".

The Nurse family had mixed reactions about the sentence. 

Zephany's grandmother said she was not happy with the guilty woman only serving 10 years in priosn but was glad that the accused will be behind bars. She hoped that now they will have the opportunity to form a relationship with Zephany.

Her biological father, Morne, said he was happy with the sentence but felt she should have got more time for the pain she had caused them.

Read more about the case.

Zambian final election results 'coming soon'

A Zambian election monitoring site has shared a short video showing journalists at the results centre in the capital, Lusaka, as they wait for the final announcement.

The election commission has promised that it is coming soon:

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Nigeria army wants to question journalist over alleged Boko Haram links

Nigeria's army has said that a  journalist is wanted for alleged links to Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

This comes in the wake of a video that was released showing some of the schoolgirls they abducted from the north-eastern town of Chibok.

An army statement names Ahmad Salkida and it says that he has "information on the conditions and the exact location of these girls".

It also wants to speak to Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil 

The statement adds that: "There is no doubt that these individuals have links with Boko Haram terrorists and have contacts with them."

Mr Salkida is based in Dubai and is believed to be the person who publicises Boko Haram videos - he has made no comment.

In an interview with the BBC Mr Bolari said he only heard of his being wanted on social media and he had already contacted the military.

He denied the allegations.

Ms Wakil has not commented.

Girl on the video
One of the girls is seen answering questions posed by a militant

Rio 2016: Ivory Coast sprinters impress

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, USA's Tori Bowie, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson and Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, USA's Tori Bowie, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson and Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou

After the men's 100m Olympic final the headlines have rightly gone to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, after he took the gold medal, making it his third in a row in the event.

Africa's only representative in the final, Ben Youssef Meite of Ivory Coast, came sixth.

An Ivorian sprinter was also in the women's 100m final on Saturday night.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou narrowly missed out on a medal - she came fourth, just a seven thousandths of a second behind third-placed Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Zambians sharing experiences of watching and waiting

A Zambian election monitoring group has a simple message as people wait for the final results from Thursday's presidential election (see earlier post):

People are tweeting about the situation where they are in the country:

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Calm..only a few frustrated individuals #IamPresent…

#Zambian #time will be the death of us; No apologies; no updates 5 hours down the line. #Zam #ZambiaDecides @ZEIC_2016 Someone say something

DR Congo observes three days of mourning after massacre

The Democratic Republic of Congo is observing three days of national mourning starting today following the killings of at least 30 civilians on Saturday. 

The military blamed Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels for the deaths in the village of Rwangoma near the town of Beni in North Kivu province.

The government and the United Nations have blamed the group for repeated violence in the region.

Dozens of protesters gathered in Beni after the Saturday night attack.

Carrying the body of one of those killed, they chanted anti-government slogans, witnesses told AFP news agency. Read the full story

DR Congo declares national day of mourning after massacre

BreakingSouth Africa baby snatcher sentenced to 10 years

The South African woman who was found guilty of kidnapping a baby 19 years ago has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, News24 is reporting.

South Africa baby snatcher to be sentenced

The South African woman who was found guilty earlier this year of kidnapping a baby 19 years ago is to be sentenced later today.

She took Zephany Nurse, who was just a few days old at the time, from the hospital and brought her up as her own child.

Her biological parents discovered that she was still alive when she started going to the same school as one of their other daughters and people noticed a similarity.

Read more about Zephany Nurse.

Zephany Nurse
Zephany Nurse was taken when she was just a few days old

Rio 2016: Sumgong gets Kenyans celebrating

Kenyans are relieved that the country has finally made world headlines for the right reasons after a series of negative stories from Rio. 

Jemima Sumgong became the first Kenyan woman to win the Olympic marathon in a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 4 seconds.

The Standard, one of the country's largest newspapers, captures the pride and relief of the nation. 

Standard front page
The Standard

Zambia election result on a knife edge

Hakainde Hichilema
Opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema wants a recount in some constituencies

The leading opposition presidential candidate in Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema, has accused the country's electoral commission of colluding with the governing Patriotic Front to steal Thursday's vote from him.

He is calling for a recount of some of the votes cast in the capital, Lusaka. 

The results from the presidential election in Zambia are gradually coming in.

The slow progress is causing anxiety for some as people wait for the final figures.

Zambia's electoral commission says that with 132 out of 156 constituencies declared incumbent President Edgar Lungu has a slender lead:

  • Edgar Lungu 1,454,165
  • Hakainde Hichilema 1,383,594

There are seven other candidates and the key thing is in fact whether Mr Lungu will get over 50% of the valid votes cast. If he does that he will avoid a run-off election.

Here's the full table of the votes counted so far:

Table of results

Rio 2016: South Africa's Van Niekerk has been 'beating odds since he was born'

It's no surprise that people are still talking about South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk stunning performance at the men's 400m where he broke former US athlete Michael Johnson's 17-year-old record - winning his country the first gold medal at the Olympics. 

He not only broke the world record but also became the first athlete in the world to do it from the less favoured lane eight.

Van Niekerk shared this image on his Twitter account after the race:  

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South African online newspaper Daily Maverick has been reflecting on Van Niekerk's performance. 

In an interview with the athlete's mother, she reveals how Van Niekerk overcame greatest odds as a child; he was born prematurely at 29 weeks-old and weighed just 1kg.

She says doctors feared that he could end up being disabled. But he beat all the odds, his mother saying he was “fast from the start".

People have been reacting to the result:

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