We donâ€™t always realize it, but decades ago, things were much different in just about every country in the world, including many countriesâ€™ political views. Odessa Swartz was at the top of her league in the 80â€™s and 90â€™s, but apartheid in her native country of South Africa, kept her from competing on the largest stage she could ever hope to be on: the Olympics.
Although she is not competing this time around, she is finally getting a taste of what Olympic glory feels like, from her son, Wayne van Niekerk. Van Niekerk, 24, broke the world record in menâ€™s 400-meter, Sunday, taking gold in Rio de Janeiro. He beat the 2008 and 2012 medalists with a time of an astonishing 43.03 seconds.
Just moments after finishing, NBCâ€™s Tom Hammond made sure everyone knew just how important this win was to Wayne and his mother.
Read what he said on the Next Page!