After delivering consistent, spectacular performances over the last few seasons, international sprint sensation Wayde van Niekerk will take an injury-enforced break from racing in the first half of the 2018 campaign.
The 400m world record holder has arrived in the United States where he will undergo a medical procedure at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado.
Van Niekerk, the world and Olympic one-lap champion, picked up medial and lateral tears of the meniscus, as well as a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), while participating in a recent celebrity touch rugby match in Cape Town.
Following surgery, he will undergo rehabilitation for six months in Vail, Doha and South Africa, and will therefore be unavailable to represent South Africa at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April.
“I was looking forward to competing in the 100m and 200m events in Gold Coast, and participating at the national championships in March, so this is unfortunate timing,” Van Niekerk said.
“But this is sport and these things happen. I trust that the team I have around me, including the medical professionals, will make this process as smooth as possible.
“I have faith that, God willing, I’ll be able to race again later next year. Full recovery is going to be crucial, so I’ll be patient, but I will work as hard as I can to get back on the track as soon as possible.”


World record holder Wayde van Niekerk is excited to tell his story, in a documentary which is set to be released in collaboration with T-Systems early next year.
The information and communication technology company, which enjoys a long-term partnership with the global sprint sensation, started filming last year, which coincided with Van Niekerk’s Olympic victory in a world record 43.03 seconds in Rio.
“It was good timing, having something this massive, a milestone in my life, shared to the world,” Van Niekerk said at the announcement of the film, which tells his life story.
“I’m excited for this journey and this documentary to be launched.”
Telling Van Niekerk’s inspirational biography, from premature birth to Olympic glory, the first clip of the documentary was viewed at a T-Systems launch this week.
The completed film will be aired in February next year.
“It’s such an honour to have a story that a company like T-Systems can use to inspire,” Van Niekerk said.
“It’s a privilege to share my story and hopefully it can be an inspirational story to the country.”