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Gold medallist Fourie sidelined for Manchester Games event

By Mark Etheridge

Paralympics gold medallist Arnu Fourie misses out on Manchester success today after an illness scare saw him admitted to hospital this week.

Fourie, part of the gold medal squad in the 4x100m relay in London last year, was due to compete in the Great City Games in Manchester but infection in his leg saw him pole-axed in Stellenbosch.

“I was suppose to race in Manchester but picked up a bad infection in my leg last weekend and had to be operated on on Wednesday. I got out of hospital this morning and trust I will be recovering in time for Worlds [in Lyon, France in July],” Fourie told Road to Rio 2106.

“They think the infection came from constant friction between my prosthetic leg and my stump. I’m still fighting to get the swelling down and the is cut still open for some drainage so I trust we’ll get it all out. It was quite sore!”

Fourie who also won bronze in the T44 category 100m sprint in London and says the latest setback was something waiting to rear it’s ugly head.

“I’ve been struggling with it for a while but we managed it quite well to not bother me too much. But then all of a sudden last Saturday it was just huge and badly infected.”

Fourie was scheduled to race against British ace Jonnie Peacock in the street race 100m as well as the 200m. “It would have been my first Manchester Games event so very sad to miss out. But I’ll bounce back stronger and faster.”

One man who is lining up over 200m is two-time Olympian LJ van Zyl, the 400m hurdles specialist lining up for the 200m on this occasion.

And in New York later on Saturday, the SA trio of Sunette Viljoen (javelin) Wayde van Niekerk (400m) and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (800m) will be in Diamond League action.