IAAF Championships: Makwala Forced To Withdraw From 200m

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 11, 2017

Earlier on day seven of the World Championships, women's 800m favourite Caster Semenya cruised into Friday night's semifinals, delivering another clinical tactical effort with a late burst to comfortably win her first-round heat in 2:01.34.

Botswanas Isaac Makwala admitted to being heartbroken and fuelled by anger as he ran two rounds of the 200 metres – one on his own – to reach the final at the world championships on Wednesday.

Van Niekerk, seen as the next superstar as Usain Bolt with 400m Olympic gold medal, world champion and world record in hand, also showed huge joy after his second finish.

Meanwhile Simon O'Brien, Makwala's medical representative at the championships, has claimed the athlete is "fit and well but being kept away" by the authorities.

Makwala, 30, who has indicated that he is "still running with a broken heart" will come against South African's Wayde van Niekerk who won the 400m that Makwala insist should have been allowed to run. "I shall rise again.It is well", he added.

'Yeah I'm running with anger, I still want my 400m, that's my race.

"According to IAAF medics I am apparently suffering from food poisoning which has affected several other athletes", Makwala wrote on Facebook.

Although generally athletes are scratched from all events if they can't make one, the powers that be may make an exception due to exigent circumstances.

"I arrived at the stadium today ready to run but I found a trap set there ... and denied entrance [government order by the way not IAAF]".

Public Health England revealed that 30 athletes and support staff had been affected with two cases confirmed as being the norovirus bug. "I really feel I worked hard for tonight and I gave it my all".

The 27-year-old Guliyev, who had never won a medal in a senior global event, finished just the stronger to triumph in 20.09 seconds before setting off on a lap of honour carrying the flags of both of his nations.

He had to run a solo time-trial at 1840BST on Wednesday to advance to the semi-finals at 2055BST, where he was an additional competitor and qualified for the final.

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