South African Athletics

Wayde on the mend after ‘a challenging 3 months’

2018-02-12 14:45

Cape Town - It’s been a little over three months since athlete Wayde van Niekerk underwent an operation on his knee and it appears he’s recovering well.

Wayde was injured in October last year playing a game of touch rugby, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in his knee.

The injury also means he won’t be participating in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. “Since I've broke through on the track I've quickly learned, no matter how much talent, egos, comments, challenges and obstacles you'll face to be the greatest,” Van Niekerk wrote on Instagram after the surgery, before adding: “Your biggest enemy and saviour is yourself.”

Van Niekerk’s wife Chesney says it’s been a tough three months, with their honeymoon taking a backseat to his recovery - until now. The couple recently took some time out in the Maldives, posting a series of pictures from their honeymoon.

It had “bothered a lot of people” that the newlyweds hadn’t been on honeymoon yet, Chesney wrote, but “the ones closest to us know how challenging the last those months have been.

“And here we are at the end of an amazing week. Wayde’s recovery is going well, he’s stronger now and we are so ready to tackle everything waiting for us at home.

“Even if we never had a honeymoon, I’d still be the happiest and luckiest woman alive,” she added. “These materialistic things don’t mean anything. It’s all about health, wellness, happiness and love.”

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