Wayde van Niekerk’s stunning comeback win at the Free State Championship must have been the sporting highlight of the weekend. The sprinter made a comeback after a long knee injury which happened in October 2017 during a celebrity rugby match at Newlands Cape Town.
Even though he won, he had a tough opponent to beat, former Commonwealth Games 400 hurdles champion and his training partner Cornel Fredericks who finished in 47.20sec while Van Niekerk finished in a time of 47.28. Wayde has made a remarkable return by winning both the men’s 400m and 800m races.
His year long absence on the track has seen him miss the 2018 Commonwealth Games while Clarence Munyai has stripped him off his South African 200m record during his absence off the track. Van Niekerk has been undergoing an intense rehabilitation program since the accident. He’s been treated by the world’s best experts with world-renowned complex knee specialist doctor Robert LaPrade overseeing his operation. Dr Louis Holtzhausen who has looked after Van Niekerk for years while in Bloemfontein has been overseeing the whole rehabilitation.
Van Niekerk will be looking to get back to his best ahead of this year’s World Championships in Doha where he will be looking to win his third consecutive 400m title.