BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa – Olympic winner and World record holder Wayde Van Niekerk ran his first race, on Monday (17 Feb), since 2017.
The South African has not competed on the international circuit since suffering a knee injury while participating in a celebrity rugby match on the same weekend he got married.
At University of Free State (UFS) meet in Bloemfontein, Van Niekerk ran 10.2, hand-timed 10.2 on grass, in his first race at 100m since 2017.
He also ran 1:57 in the 800m with a fast finish. Both races were training runs for the South African sprinter.
“Grateful to see him healthy and back on track doing what he does best,” tweeted his agent Peet Van Zyl.
Van Niekerk’s first real competition of the year will be on Feb 28-29 at regional championships in Bloemfontein where he will run the 400m.
Then he plans two more races before South African National Championships April 23-25.
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23 thoughts on “Van Niekerk marks return with 100m and 800m runs”
Iman, its obvious you have no idea what you ate talking about, therefore you senseless comment!!
Wait and see what is in Wade’s legs. You will see another record smashed. He is ready. Sure I know it
Let us wait and see. You are going to be surprised what is still in his legs
Michael Norman will smoke little Wade..
Wayne is competing @ 100 mtrs. in order to work on his fast turn over or sometimes call short speed(aerobic part of the 400),and 800 in order to work on his anaeorobic ( over work ) portion of the 400.”A great training approach and race plan in getting back in the 400.I would not be surprised if he wins it again.!!!
@Kirk Clarke, that is fake.look at the video, its not Wayde and it is chop up..and the Supposed Wayde running in black time was 1:57 yet they list the guy that won the race at 1:58. I’m in Sports media, so I know
@Juan Eguiguren you got proof? stup
@ Lennox Logan he did run the 800 stup
He only ran the 100. Did not ran the 800
@Julia Haskins-Anderson He’s not gonna run the 100m. That’s not his event! ??♂️
With those times he doesn’t stand a chance against Coleman…boy bye ? ❤️ ??
@Xavier Anthony Marshall u never know.
@Taieke Haughton doubt he’ll be ready to go that fast in 200m. Olympics is pretty much around the corner.
@Xavier Anthony Marshall I want the clash between him and the lyles youth
@Taieke Haughton exactly lol
Come dominate the 400 and 200
Is he back… Look out folks. The king is coming
Welcome back ! Best of luck !
Nice! Welcome back my brother, looking forward seeing you run at the Olympics.
???? Welcome back! Best wishes for the 2020 track season! ?????
The real deal
Big boss is getting back into shape.