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Olympic 400 Metres Champion Wayde Van Niekerk Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Italy: Report

Olympic 400 Metres Champion Wayde Van Niekerk Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Italy: Report

South Africa's Olympic 400 metres champion Wayde van Niekerk tested positive for COVID19 in Italy last week, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

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  • Last Updated: August 3, 2020, 8:38 AM IST
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South Africa’s Olympic 400 metres champion Wayde van Niekerk tested positive for COVID-19 in Italy last week, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

Van Niekerk, who romped to Olympic gold four years ago in a world record time of 43.03 seconds, was set to participate in a meet in Trieste – his first competition outside of South Africa since 2017 following a serious knee injury.

“I don’t know how it’s possible. Wayde has been training for the whole week and never had any symptoms, not even after testing positive. He hasn’t had a fever,” the 28-year-old’s manager Peet Van Zyl told the publication.

Van Niekerk, who tore his right anterior cruciate ligament while playing a charity touch rugby game in 2017 to leave his career in doubt, began his comeback in February this year.

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