World Athletics Championships: Isaac Makwala Passes 200m Solo Trial, Books Semis Spot

Isaac Makwala, the Botswanan sprinter who was denied entry into stadium, hence missing the 400m final at the World Athletics Championships in London has booked his place in the semi-final of the 200m in an individual trial.

In a solo race, running against wind and needing to beat a time of 20.53s,  Makwala clocked 20.20s to book a semi-final spot where he will line up in of the three semi final from 20.55.

The 30-year-old was permitted by IAAF after receiving a written request from the Botswanan Federation.

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“Following a medical examination which has declared him fit to compete, we have agreed under our existing rules that assuming he makes the qualification time, he will run in the 200m semi-final round this evening,” the IAAF said in a statement.

Makwala had earlier missed the 200m heats on Monday and was barred from competing in the 400m final as organisers tried to halt a norovirus outbreak.

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Running alone in lane seven, he qualified with ease, dropping to the track and doing several press-ups after crossing the line to demonstrate his fitness.