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It was a real shame that the IAAF suspended Botswana athlete Isaac Makwala for the 200 metres heats on Sunday night and more importantly the 400 metres final last night for health scare reasons to do with the NOVA virus, as he was the main challenger to world record holder and Olympic 400 metre champion Wade Van Niekerk. The way the whole affair was handled by the IAAF was very controversial given Makwala was passed fit and healthy with no risk by his own medical team and the IAAF seemingly lied about what happened and what health risk he posed using Public Health England’s guidance on the health matter instead of their own legal legislation.

Van Niekerk proceeded to cruise to the 400 metres World Title and he will now move on to the 200 metres to see if he can emulate the great Michael Johnson and do the double. There was no more medals again for the British athletes on Tuesday however, Kyle Langford like Luara Muir just missed out on the Bronze medal in the men’s 800 metres final. He finished like a train again in home straight, but was just left with too much to do when eventual winner Bosse of France made an early break for home, which stretched out the field and agonisingly put one to many athletes in front of Langford.


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