South African Athletics

Van Niekerk released from hospital

2015-08-26 17:20
Wayde Van Niekerk drops to the ground after winning the men’s 400m final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China on Wednesday (August 26 2015). Picture: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Beijing - Wayde van Niekerk was discharged from the hospital where he was under observation for exhaustion after winning his first world championship title in the 400m on Wednesday.

Despite a lightning quick start, Van Niekerk still held off defending champion LaShawn Merritt and Olympic gold medalist Kirani James to win gold.

After finishing in 43.48 for the sixth-fastest time in history, he collapsed on the track and had to be taken to the hospital for observation.

Just over two hours after his win, he was discharged from hospital, the IAAF said.

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