Athletics: World Championships: Isaac Makwala and Wayde van Niekerk take part in 200m final

Botswana’s Isaac Makwala joined South African favourite Wayde van Niekerk in the World Championships 200m final – having earlier qualified for the semis with a solo run at London Stadium. This occurs within the framework of the World Athletics Championships with takes place at London Stadium from the 4th to13th August

Makwala missed Monday’s heats while barred from competing as officials.

Makwala, 30, then qualified in second place from the first semi-final.

« I wish to thank the IAAF [International Association of Athletics Federations] for giving me another chance, and the crowd is so amazing. » Makwala said.

American Isiah Young won the first semi-final in 20.19secs, with Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake finishing third and qualifying in 20.19secs.

Van Niekerk, 25, was running his fifth race in as many days as he looks to add the 200m title to his 400m gold, and he only made it through as a fastest loser.

He finished third in his heat in a time of 20.28secs, but Britons Danny Talbot and Zharnel Hughes failed to qualify.


Par: Patrick Hangue

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