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Sick Sullwald sidelined

By Mark Etheridge

Youth Olympian Wian Sullwald will miss this weekend’s third leg of the BSG-Energade triathlon series in Potchefstroom as he battles to recover from a series of setbacks.

Sullwald ended eighth in the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore last year and was part of Team South Africa at the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique last month.

He placed third on that occasion but already there were indications that all was not well as he took part after a bout of food poisoning in the hours before the race.

“After All Africa Games there was already some damage to my body. Not only did it lead to an iron deficiency but I also picked up a middle ear infection in the dirty sea water off Mozambique,” Sullwald told Road to London 2012 this week.

Immediately after Maputo Sullwald headed off to Beijing for World Triathlon Championships. “I had a very disappointing race dropping from 14th to 50th within a few minutes in the run and I eventually passed out over the finish line. This was most probably caused by my body not being 100% after racing with food poisoning.”

Meanwhile back home the BSG Energade series was starting and things got no better for young Sullwald. “In the first race in Roodeplaat, Pretoria I felt terrible in the swim seeing black and white spotsÔǪ when I was on the bike with all the other boys I felt something was wrong, I started losing concentration and going everywhere over the road so I was forced to pull out.”

The next day Sullwald saw his doctor where an iron deficiency was diagnosedÔǪ he had a massive injection followed by supplements. “I thought I was fine but clearly something was wrong because at the second leg fo the BSG series [Hartbeespoort] the same thing happened.

The Monday I went for blood tests and found out that I had an Iron deficiencyÔǪ so I got a massive injection followed by some iron supplementing pills. After being on the med a thought I was fine but clearly I was wrong! At the second leg of the BSG Energade tri series the same thing happened to me that happened at the first leg of the BSG series. Not only did I complain from the fatigue and dizziness, but I had a tremendous amount of ear pain. Later the day I started crying and screaming from the unbearable painÔǪ. my parents rushed me too the hospital and I was put on a few drips for a few hours (best sleep of my life).”

Bottom line is that Sullwald has been forced to step back and recharge his batteries. “I have now realized that this is serious, so I am now on both forced rest and on a lot of medicine so I will not be racing the third leg of the BSG series but I do plan to race the rest of the races and the Elite African cup in Pretoria or Mauritius. All plans for the rest of my races still depend on how quickly my body heals.”


1 comments
Gideon Sam
Gideon Sam

Take it easy Wian and listen to your body. Give it a good rest and you will be back in top shape soon. This is wishing you a speedy recovery