Wayde van Niekerk promises to bounce back stronger
The world champion in the 400m said it felt strange to watch the Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series on the sidelines.
Mzansi’s poster boy Wayde “Dreamer” van Niekerk, who is recovering from a knee injury, says he’ll come back stronger than before to break records and complete a clean sweep in world athletics.
But he was also quick to admit that if there was a year for him to be injured, it had to be this one as it is not a World Championships or Olympics year.The superstar of South African athletics, who received a great reception at the Tuks Stadium, told SunSport his rehabilitation was going well.
It’s a new dawn for Mzansi athletics and everyone wished the famous runner was also part of the Grand Prix. But the double 400m world champion said he was using the opportunity of being sidelined to take his mind off the track and spend quality time with his model wife Chesney Campbell.
Van Niekerk said: “You know what they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. I can guarantee you that I’ll come back stronger than before. I’m looking forward to shattering records. I’m in a positive phase of the rehab and looking forward to the process of recovering and improving myself for the upcoming season.”
Van Niekerk gave the Grand Prix concept a big thumbs up with stars such as SA golden girl Caster Semenya, Akani Simbine, Isaac Makwala of Botswana, Amantle Montsho of Botswana, Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda competing on South African soil, and not in Europe.
Van Niekerk said: “It speaks volume for the quality of track and field we have in SA with big names stars coming here to test our facilities.” Van Niekerk described his injury as a blessing in disguise as he gears up for the world champs in Doha, Qatar in 2019 and the Olympic Games in Japan 2020.
At the Olympic Games, he will be hoping to follow in American 400m icon Michael Johnson’s footsteps and defend his Olympic title. In Doha he is aiming to win a triple 400m world title a rare feat. Van Niekerk added: I’m only missing out on the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia next month it’s not a train smash.”
Source: Daily Sun