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Isaac Makwala's bizarre solo run sees him reach 200m semi-final

He’ll now compete again at 8.55pm and try to reach the final.

Image: Adam Davy

ISAAC MAKWALA HAS qualified for tonight’s semi-finals of the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in London after a bizarre solo race.

The Botswana sprinter – the fastest man in the world this year – was controversially barred from running in the final of the 400m on Tuesday after he was diagnosed with a stomach complaint the previous day.

As a result, he also missed Monday’s heats for the 200m.

But, the IAAF offered Makwala another chance and arranged a solo time trial.

Needing to run under 20.53 seconds, Makwala also had to put up with a sodden track after relentless rain all day.

Still, he clocked 20.20 and celebrated the achievement with some press-ups.

2017 IAAF World Championships - Day Six - London Stadium Source: John Walton

He’ll now compete in the first semi-final at 8.55pm tonight.

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