3 November 2017

South Africa: Successful Knee Op for Champion Van Niekerk

Olympic and world 400-metre champion Wayde van Niekerk is already taking the first 'steps' to recover after knee surgery in the United States.

Van Niekerk damaged his knee badly while playing a celebrity touch/tag rugby match at Newlands on 7 October.

Having undergone full surgery in Colorado to repair multiple tears in his knee, Van Niekerk has now started the road to recovery after tackling his first rehabilitation session.

The Bloemfontein blitz had a successful operation on medial and lateral tears of the meniscus in his right knee, as well as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), at the Steadman Clinic on Tuesday night.

Said Peet van Zyl, of In-Site Athlete Management: 'We're pleased to have received positive news from the doctor, who says the operation went well. Wayde had his first rehab session on Wednesday and it went well.'

The 400m world record holder is expected to be out of action for at least six months and will miss the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia due to the injury.

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