World record holder, olympic and world champion 400 metres Wayde van Niekerk is six months out of battle with a knee injury. That he announced Tuesday on Twitter. The 25-year-old South African ran the injury during a rugby match in Cape town and miss the Commonwealth Games in australia’s Gold Coast.
The management agency Insite, that van Niekerk represents, indicates on its website an explanation for the injury of world record holder. He must undergo surgery in the U.s. Vail to the meniscus. At a rugby match for celebrities ran the South African damage to the medial and lateral cruciate ligament, and tore his anterior cruciate ligament.
His rehabilitation will van Niekerk first time in the USA, then in Doha and then in South Africa to finish. The Commonwealth Games in april, way too early.
“I look forward to in the Gold Coast the 100 m and 200 m to walk, and so this is unfortunate timing,” says van Niekerk. “But this is sport, these things can happen. I trust the team around me, and they will make this process as smooth as possible, smoothly. I am confident that I will in 2018 still in action, but a full recovery is crucial and so I will need to be patient.”