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Isaac Makwala pulls out of 200 metres, Warren Weir fails to qualify

Makwala pulls out of 200 metres Weir fails to qualify

Isaac Makwala of Botswana was sixth in 20.44.

Makwala subsequently turned up at the warm-up track ahead of the final but was turned away, with the athlete angrily accusing the IAAF or "the British" of sabotage-as he was seen as the main threat to South Africa's 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk.

The 25-year-old was beaten by Turkey's Ramil Guliyev at the London Stadium on Thursday.

And Makwala made light of running from the inside lane in the opening semi, finishing second behind Isiah Young in a time of 20.14s and narrowly beating Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake to secure qualification.

The three-time African champion played down his symptoms, however, and stressed he was "ready to race".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated the champion on Twitter.

Hours later, he was still wearing the Turkish flag around his shoulders - and making no apologies.

Van Niekerk had struggled through his semi-final, going through as a fastest qualifier by just 0.02 seconds, but he was still tipped to rebound to his best in the final. "Maybe at the next competition everyone will look at me instead". "It's an awesome blessing", said Van Niekerk, whom Usain Bolt has pegged as his most likely successor as the athlete capable of dominating the track after the Jamaican sprint star's exit from athletics after these world champs.

All the throwers who clear 83m or at least 12 best performers was set to make it to the final round to be held on August 12.

Palframan ended in seventh spot with a time of 23.21 after running a season's best 22.84 in Belgium last month.

"There have been a number of cases of gastroenteritis reported by team members residing within one of the official team hotels", the local organizing committee said in a statement, putting a dampener on the 10-day event. "I will always pray to not face this again".

Bolt can still move to 15 with a medal in the 4x100 relay this weekend, but Felix might run on both relay races for the USA team, which could bring her to 16.

Christian Taylor and Will Claye repeated their 1-2 finish from the last two Olympics.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Kori Carter started outside in Lane 9 and never saw a soul on her way to gold. There, she was neck-and-neck with Shaunae Miller at the finish, when Miller dove over the finish line and grabbed the gold out of Felix's grasp.

And still to come will be reigning Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya, who has already picked up bronze for the rainbow nation in the 1500m metre and looks a banker for a medal, whatever colour that may be in these championships that have been marked by many an upset. "After 400 meters, there were quite a lot of people that felt I didn't deserve it". His only chance now, though, will come in the 200.

Talbot has said he is dedicating his performances at these Championships to his friend and erstwhile team-mate James Ellington, who is still recovering from serious injuries incurred in a motorbike accident while on a training trip to Tenerife in January.

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