11 Aug 2017

Makwala's fairytale ends at World Champs

9:27 am on 11 August 2017

There was no fairytale finish for Botswanan sprinter Isaac Makwala who ran sixth in the 200 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in London.

Isaac Makwala

Isaac Makwala Photo: Supplied

Makwala was initially banned from competing when the authorities tried to stop a norovirus outbreak from spreading.

He was given a late entry into the 200 metres and after a solo run against the clock in the London stadium eventually forced his way through to the final.

The President of Botswana had promised he would declare a national holiday if Makwala won a medal.

However there was to be no holiday for Botswanans with the race won by Ramil Guliyev of Turkey in 20.09 secs just ahead of the South African Olympic champion Wayde Van Niekerk in 20.11.

The win by the Turk in what was a blanket finish denied the South African superstar from achieving a golden double.

Van Niekerk was aiming to achieve the 200m-400m double, a feat last achieved at the world championships by American Michael Johnson back in 1995.

Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago was initially given the same time but was relegated to third by one thousandth of a second.