Athletics: Van Niekerk tests positive for coronavirus and does not run in Trieste

Van Niekerk, during the 2015 Pekn World Cups in .

The world record holder of 400 meters, South African Wayne Van Niekerk, who was to reappear on Saturday at the meeting in Trieste, test in which the Spanish Samuel Garca runs, did not finally participate after having tested positive for coronavirus in a PCR that was performed.

Van Niekerk, who was also entered in the 100 meter event, had been seriously injured in October 2017 in one knee during a rugby solidary match and since then he has missed all the great athletic events. It was not until last February when he reappeared in a meeting in his country in 100 and 200 meters, and in a subsequent one in 400, far from his best marks.

The South African Sprinter It became the reference of athletics when in the Olympic Games of Rio it destroyed the record of the return to the track leaving the mark in 43.03.