Botswana's Makwala cleared to run in 200 metres after U-turn

Ivan Schwartz
August 11, 2017

South African Wayde van Niekerk poured cold water on conspiracy theories after his successful 400m world title defence was overshadowed by the controversial absence of one of his main rivals in London tonight. "I don't know because I don't have the full information about this". Wayde van Niekerk, seeking a 400/200m double had to settle for silver in 20.11, a thousandth of a second ahead of Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago.

Athletes staying at one of the team hotels for the World Championships in London have gastroenteritis, event organisers have confirmed.

Makwala was forced to run an additional solo 200m qualifying time-trial before Wednesday's semi-finals and that extra exertion seemed to have taken its toll as the 30-year-old came in sixth (20.44). Van Niekerk insisted that's not his mission.

Elsewhere, Christian Taylor and Will Claye of the United States engaged in a thrilling battle for the triple jump gold, each recording huge jumps that their compatriot would then better with their next jump.

"I was competing against some of the best athletes in the world, so it didn't bother me that the attention was on them", he said. "Me and my coach (Bobby Kersee), our whole goal and focus was to get on the podium this year, it's what we've been committed to".

Van Niekerk said his success Thursday made it "unlucky" for Johnson, for whom he has a lot of respect, but he was most upset by Makwala. I show everyone else respect, and I think I didn't get the respect I deserved after the 400 meters.

But Taylor was disappointed not to have broken Jonathan Edwards' record of 18.29m.

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"I wasn't feeling great yesterday evening and later in the night I was hit with a bout of gastroenteritis", he said. "I am still motivated to break that record".

Guliyev's winning time was the slowest in the event since Calvin Smith took the title at the first World Championships back in 1983, though the former Azerbaijani will not care about that after taking a first major title.

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was also physically sick before the 100 metres final on Sunday, though the Jamaican said that was not unusual for her and hadn't had any effect on her below-par performance as she finished fifth.

"I work just as hard as every other competitor", he said. That's all I'm concentrating on. "I was ready to run". It was only in the final straight that the Olympic gold medallist moved up from the middle of the pack to claim victory in 2 minutes 1.33 seconds.

Beijing 2015 champion Dafne Schippers breezed into the 200m final on Friday as Shaunae Miller-Uibo also made it to exorcise her demons after stumbling in the final of the 400m with the gold within her grasp on Wednesday.

World high jump champion Maria Lasitskene qualified for the final in 1.92m, while Germany's Johannes Vetter threw 91.20m to reach Saturday's javelin final, nearly five metres clear of any rival.

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