Makwala withdraws from 200m heats

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Isaac Makwala has run 19.77 seconds in the 200m in 2017
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Botswana’s Isaac Makwala withdrew from his World Championships 200m heat because of a medical condition.

The 30-year-old was one of the favourites for the London event after Usain Bolt decided before the championships not to take part.

It is unclear whether Makwala will be able to race in the 400m final, which takes place on Tuesday (21:50 BST).

Makwala is considered to be the main challenger to Olympic champion and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said Makwala withdrew from the 200m “due to a medical condition on the instruction of the IAAF medical delegate”.

Athletes taken ill at official hotel

A number of athletes staying at one of the official hotels were taken ill, according to the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

It is understood that several German and Canadian athletes staying at the Tower Hotel were affected on Thursday, and 30 German athletes due to arrive on Tuesday for their events will be moved to other hotels.

German triple jumper Neele Eckhardt collapsed but was well enough to compete on Saturday, and took part in Monday’s final.

A LOC statement said: “There have been a number of cases of gastroenteritis reported by team members residing within one of the official team hotels for the World Championships.

“Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff, in addition we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained.

“As a result, further advice and guidelines have been issued to team doctors and support staff – standard procedure for such an occurrence where a number of teams are occupying championship accommodation.”

Germany’s Eckhardt finished last in Monday’s triple jump final

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