Wayde van Niekerk pulls out of national champs
The world champion 400m runner was due to make his return in the 400m heats on Thursday afternoon.
CAPE TOWN - World champion 400m runner Wayde van Niekerk has pulled out of the National Athletic Championship.
The 26-year-old said he did not want to take any chances with his return after a lengthy injury layoff as the conditions were not ideal.
Sad to announce my withdrawal from the @AthleticsSA_ Senior Champs. Was looking forward to competing again on home soil after a good build-up but the weather isn’t playing along so we don't want to take any chances. I look forward to representing SA on the international circuit.— Wayde van Niekerk (@WaydeDreamer) April 25, 2019
Niekerk was due to make his return in the 400m heats on Thursday afternoon. There has been rainfall in Germiston which resulted in a wet track and therefore van Niekerk did not want to take the risk.
The 400m world record holder missed the entire 2018 season due to a knee ligament injury sustained in a celebrity tag rugby match.
He will most likely to be back on the track in the European season in what will be a build-up to the IAAF World Championships in Doha in September.