Isaac Makwala allowed own 200m time trial after norovirus heartbreak

• Botswana athlete will run alone at 6.40 on Wednesday with semis as goal
• Makwala was barred from running in 200m heats and 400m final

The Isaac Makwala story took another dramatic twist on Wednesday afternoon when the Botswana athlete – who was barred from running in the 200m heats and the 400m final due to sickness – was allowed to run a specially convened 200m time-trial.

Makwala will run alone at 6.40pm, 25 minutes before the evening’s programme is officially due to start. If he runs a time faster than 20.53sec he will be allowed into the semi-finals at 8.55pm. No athlete already qualified for the semi-final will be adversely affected.

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