World-class athlete Wayde van Niekerk has Monday his comeback after long term injuries. The olympic and world champion in the 400 meter, and ran because of a persistent knee injury seventeen months, no races.
The 26-year-old South African came during his comeback on the track at the provincial championships in Bloemfontein in a time of 47,28. Thus, he was more than four seconds slower than his world record of 43,03.
Van Niekerk win in August 2017 in London his world title in the 400 meters. That was his last race, because shortly after that world cup he got a severe injury during a rugby match with other stars in Cape town.
It ran From Niekerk, a torn cruciate ligament and some tears in the meniscus. He hoped in the second part of the atletiekseizoen back into action, but his comeback continued in 2018.
Van Niekerk wrote at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro history by breaking the world record in the 400 meters in 1999 from the books. The American legend Michael Johnson noted at the time, a time of 43,18.