Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
22 Sep 2014
1:50 pm

Van Zyl sidelined by knee injury

Wesley Botton

Irvette van Zyl will return to the doctor this week after suffering the recurrence of a knee injury during the Cape Town Marathon on Sunday.

FILE PICTURE: Irvette van Zyl during the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon media conference at the Cullinan Hotel on March 29, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa.Photo by Peter Heeger / Gallo Images

Van Zyl, running her second marathon in three weeks after returning from a lengthy injury layoff, was among the early leaders in the lucrative race, but ultimately dropped out.

Ethiopian Meseret Biru went on to win the women’s race in 2:31:00.

“My knee acted up just after 26km with all the different surfaces and then just after 32km we had to run up and down a flight of stairs,” Van Zyl said.

“After that, I couldn’t take the pain any more and my knee just collapsed after 33km. I didn’t want to stop but my knee forced me to.”