Botswana’s Isaac Makwala has been withdrawn from Tuesday’s 400 metres final at the World Athletics Championships due to a medical condition, the global athletics body (IAAF) said in a statement.
Makwala was seen as one of the main challengers to favourite Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa. The IAAF said the decision was made “on the instruction of the IAAF medical delegate”
Makwala pulled out of the 200-meter heats on Monday.
Earlier Tuesday, he posted on Facebook that he was feeling well. But about five hours before Tuesday night’s 400-meter final, the IAAF announced he was pulling out of the race.
Nine people at the world championships were still being affected by a virus that hit athletes and staff staying at one of the official hotels.