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Yet another setback for champion Sullwald
- Updated: November 3, 2015
Former junior world triathlon champion Wian Sullwald has been laid low yet again, writes Mark Etheridge.
The 22-year-old has had a roller coaster ride this year with, sadly, more troughs than peaks.
After failing to finish the recent World Cup event in Antalya, Turkey, Sullwald returned home to his base at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria as well as home in Bela Bela, north of Tshwane.
‘The body is just down, the season was hectic and I tried to race and travel too much,’ he told Road to Rio 2016.
‘I’ve had so many setbacks healthwise and I’ve always been on the back foot. I cracked up totally at Worlds in Chicago and just didn’t get back properly from there… but watch me in 2016.’
Sullwald has suffered a virtual Pandora’s box of afflictions during his career, ranging from infected eardrums from the waters off Maputo at the 2011 All Africa Games to tick-bite fever in 2014.
But things have got worse before they got better and now he’s been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot.
‘It started getting sore in Turkey but I didn’t think it was that serious. Since I finished competing the foot stayed sore and uncomfortable so I opted for the scan and that brought the bad news.
‘It’s on the bridge of the foot and I’m out for three weeks, in a moon boot and on crutches. I believe I can start swimming and riding the bike next week and then start with aqua-jogging the week later. I’m going out of my mind with frustration!
Sullwald’s best result this year was his sixth spot at the Edmonton leg of the WTS calendar as well as being crowned Under-23 African champion.
‘So yes, it’s been a rough two years but I’m still looking forward to 2016.’