The Larry & Mo Podcast: The Fearlessness of Wayde Van Niekerk


Updated July 26, 2017

Originally posted October 10, 2016 as podcast!

This is our podcast from the Rio Olympics. I was fortunate to do a daily conversation with Maurice Greene, one of the finest sprinters of all times, the WC from 1997, 1999 and Olympic champ in 2000. Maurice's experience as an athlete, his view of the sport, makes him a perfect commentator on the sport of athletics. Here's our conversation on his admiration for Wayde Van Niekerk.

The men's 400 meters in Rio runs through my head almost daily. It may have been one of the amazing races of all times. At 300 meters, I wanted the three finest 400 meter runners of our era, LaShawn Merritt, Kirani James and Wayde van Niekerk nearly even. Then Wayde van Niekerk started to race. As van Niekerk put the rest of himself into the last loney one hundred meters, I saw Micheal Johnson's 43.18 became number two on the All-time list.

VanNiekerk_WaydeSF-Rio16.jpgWayde Van Niekerk, photo by

Wayde Van Niekerk had put himself in agony after past 400 meter races. That is why he sometimes hates the distance (his word). This time, 43.03 was his final time and a World record for the ages. Even Usain Bolt was totally impressed after the race.

Listen to Maurice Greene in this podcast. It may be our best. Remember, as Maurice says, this guy will put all of himself into the race. How do you beat him? I met Wayde in June 2016 and was totally impressed. A thoughtful, modest young athlete with exceptional ability and exceptional pain threshold.

I believe he will run faster, over 100 meters, 200 meters and yes, 400 meters.

Thanks to Maurice Greene, Brian Eder and the Shoe Addicts. Thanks to adidas for the support.

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