Olympic champ Wayde van Niekerk opens up about his knee injury and recovery

Olympic champion and 400m world record holder, Wayde van Niekerk has returned home to South Africa after a successful one-month rehabilitation programme in Qatar treating a knee ligament tear he sustained in October 2017.

Van Niekerk speaks to 702's Azania Mosaka about his life as an athlete and his journey to recovery after his injury.

I went for an operation and it has been two and half months now since my operation and the rehab went very well. It was very good surgeons I had back in the US.

Wayde van Niekerk, Olympic Champion

I am focusing on this year just to make sure that the rehab is 100 percent, and also getting the opportunity on working on areas that I've always wanted to work on but never got the time to, so that when I get back on the track, I am back with a bang.

Wayde van Niekerk, Olympic Champion

Van Niekerk will be traveling to Qatar on Friday for a check-up on the injury he sustained.

He says he is hoping to be back on track by the end of 2018 or early 2019, meaning he will be missing the Commonwealth Games held in Australia in April 2018.

I was looking forward to the Commonwealth Games in Australia, a place I have never been. It is a bit disappointing but I believe there is a blessing in this injury, I'm going to put in hard work and receive the blessing that comes with it.

Wayde van Niekerk, Olympic Champion

To hear more of this conversation with Wayde van Niekerk, listen below:


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