Van Niekerk, positive in coronavirus, will not run in Trieste

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Drafting sports, Jul 31 (EFE) .- South African Wayne van Niekerk, world record holder and 400-meter Olympic champion, has tested positive for a coronavirus test in Italy and will not be able to participate in the Trieste meeting this Saturday, according to Italian media .

Van Niekerk, who has not competed in Europe for almost three years, was entered in the 100 and 400 meter events. He had arrived in Italy on July 19 for a rally in Gemona del Friuli.

The South African was seriously injured in October 2017 in a knee while playing a charity match of rugby and had not competed in the old continent since August 2017, when he achieved gold in the 400 meters and silver in the 200 in the disputed World Cups. in London.

In fact, since then the South African has barely been able to run, burdened by injuries.

An inactivity that was broken last February when Wayne van Niekerk returned to the slopes in the South African town of Bloemfontein with a double: 10.10 in the 100 meters and 20.31 in the 200.

A week later, on February 29, Van Niekerk tested himself in his favorite distance, 400 meters, signing a mark of 47.42 seconds. A record very far from the 43.03 that the South African has as a world record since the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Spanish Samuel García is entered in the 400 meter race in Trieste, who this year has run at 45.82, while the Spanish record holder Pablo Torrijos will intervene in a triple jump, which has achieved the best Spanish brand in history in the air in Castellón free (17.09).

(c) EFE Agency

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