Wayde van Niekerk gave an emotional interview on Thursday after winning silver in the 200m at the IAAF Championship in London. He broke down in tears and said he "deserved" what he had achieved in the past week.
Van Niekerk ran six races in six days. He won gold in the 400m on Tuesday and took the silver in the 200m on Thursday.
"There have been quite a lot of people that felt I didn't deserve it, I'm glad I could come out today and put out a good fight. I really believe this is just the beginning."
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been quite hard on South African athletes. Van Niekerk broke down and sent a subliminal message to the broadcaster after they downplayed his achievements.
Van Niekerk is becoming a national treasure in South Africa and locals took to Twitter to tell the BBC to keep its hands off our Wayde.
Dear BBC, please take a seat. Silver is phenomenal! South Africa is so very proud of our Wayde van Niekerk! 👏🏾🏆 https://t.co/7EimX05Uao— Ulrich J van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) August 10, 2017
And BBC is busy attacking Wayde van Niekerk— #FriendsForever👣 (@alrichie4) August 10, 2017
It seems only the very same lynch mob off the BBC are disappointed over Wayde's Silver Medal..We In SA are Hella Proud! https://t.co/MYCchn06QR— Issa Graduate🎓MaK_G (@Da_MaK_G) August 10, 2017
Poor wade Bbc n commentators completely cast shade on wayde and his win. Poor showing— avril tdm (@capetownmade) August 10, 2017
Wayde van Niekerk can be proud! After being drained from the 400m he still steps up to take the silver in 200m. What a talent!— Bertro (@_bbguns) August 10, 2017
Caster Semenya also told the BBC "I don't have time for nonsense" after they said she had an unfair advantage.