The world champion in the 400 m for senior men, Wayde van Niekerk arrived back in Bloemfontein on Monday and hundreds of supporters from all walks of life were at the Bram Fischer airport to welcome him home after he spent several weeks abroad.

Some of the learners of the Primary School, Eunice were there to welcome the champ back, as well and are seen here with Van Niekerk shortly after his arrival.

Right next to Van Niekerk (on his left) is his sister, Kayla who is also a learner at Eunice.

Fourth from the right at the back is van Niekerk’s mother, Odessa Swarts.

Odessa and Kayla surprised Van Niekerk by already waiting for him at the Oliver Tambo airport in Johannesburg when he arrived from Europe. They then joined him on the flight to Bloemfontein.