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.
“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.
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.
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