Wayde Takes 100 and 200m in Dominating Performance

Wayde van Niekerk’s return to full fitness gathered momentum as he won another two races, this time in the 100 and 200m, in Bloemfontein at the weekend.

Last week, running his first race on his road to recovery, he clocked in a hand-timed 10.20sec in a 100m race on grass.

On Saturday, he went faster than that, running the 100m in 10.10 seconds, a time that would have given him a top 10 finish at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha.

The sprinter then went on to compete in the men’s 200m race in 20.31 seconds, a time that would have given him a top 8 Championship finish.

Both races on Saturday were electronically timed.

Wayde had been spending the last two years in recovery, after injuring his knee during October 2017 while playing a celebrity touch rugby match in Cape Town.

His rehabilitation included medical treatment in the United States, Qatar and South Africa.

The 27-year-old is expected to turn out again at the Free State provincial championships next week, where he is likely to compete in the 400m event.

The Free State race will be his used as an opportunity to qualify for the national championships, which is mandatory for selection for Team SA team for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.


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