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Sprint ace injured

Our Olympic Games hopeful Wayde van Niekerk has suffered an injury setback and the sprinter has been sidelined for two weeks, writes Mark Etheridge.

Fourth in the 200-metre final at the Junior world track and field championships in Moncton, Canada two years ago with a personal best time of 21.02 at the time, the Free State sprinter┬á won the senior 200m title at last year’s national championships in Durban.

He set a new personal best of 20.57 during that race, a time which saw him ranked second junior in the world last year.

“It’s my hamstring again,” Van Niekerk told Road to London 2012 on Wednesday. “I felt it again at training on Tuesday. The physio says I must take two weeks off and we’ll work forward from there.

“I was feeling good but I guess that’s life.”

Van Niekerk, still 19 years old, said he had been planning to race at all of the Yellow Pages series but now has to rethink his planning.”I had actually planned on running Olympic A qualifying standards during the next two weeks and then work towards Olympics.

“It’s the same hamstring that started cramping at the relay during seniors last year, then again at African champs and now yesterday but its in a slightly different area,” said the Grey College product, now studying at Free State University.

One Comment

  1. steven

    February 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    this could be a blessing in disguised. now he can only focus on getting better and possible still qualify for olympics.

    he is deffinately a great talent being junior champ in 100 % 200m.

    best of lubk and wish him a speedy and full recoery

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