LONDON — Isaac Makwala will run a time trial in the 200 meters at the IAAF World Championships on Wednesday night, the IAAF confirmed.
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Makwala missed the 400 final on Tuesday night because of a stomach virus, but insisted that he wasn’t sick and was gutted to be barred from the London Stadium by officials and security.
After careful consideration, the sport’s governing body decided to allow the Botswana sprinter to run by himself in the 200 to try to qualify for the semi-finals.
Makwala will race from Lane 7, the same lane that was assigned to him on Monday night. and he will run at 6:40 p.m. (1:40 ET), which is more than two hours before the semi-finals get underway.
The IAAF has received a written request from the Botswanan federation for Isaac Makwala to compete in the 200 metres,” the IAAF said in a statement.
“Given his quarantine period expired at 14:00 hrs today (9 Aug) and 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 30-year-old has a seasonal and personal best time of 19.77 seconds, but will only need to run 20.53secs or faster to move on.
The IAAF added that the athletes who have already qualified for the semi-finals will not be affected if Makwala advances.
“Makwala is required to run a time of 20.53 or faster to advance to the semi-finals,” the statement added.
“He will run at 18:40hrs this evening on his own in lane 7, which was his original lane draw in the opening round.
“No athletes already qualified for the semi-final will be adversely affected.”
Makwala was slated to challenge for the world championships 200m and 400m double.