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szdaily -> Sports
Van Niekerk wins 400m
    2017-August-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

WAYDE VAN NIEKERK struggled as much with the chilly weather as with his rivals as he completed the first stage of a likely double at these world championships with victory in the 400m Tuesday– but the night was mired in controversy after his main rival, the Botswanan Isaac Makwala, was barred from running.

World and Olympic champion van Niekerk finished well clear in 43.98 seconds. Steven Gardiner of Bahamas clocked 44.41 for the silver and was followed at heel by Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar in 44.48.

However, it was Makwala’s sickness that dominated the evening, especially after the world’s second-best 400m runner was denied entry to the London Stadium because he was suffering from an infectious disease that required him to be quarantined in his room for 48 hours.

That seemed a logical decision given Makwala had been ill before the 200m heats Monday and these championships have been hit by more than 30 cases of gastroenteritis, particularly to Canadian and German athletes. But it was angrily criticized by Makwala, who took to Facebook to claim that, when he arrived at the stadium, he was the victim of a “government trap.”

In a statement the IAAF said it had sympathy with Makwala but it had to think of the welfare of all the athletes given the outbreak of gastroenteritis, which has plagued these championships.

Meanwhile, the women’s javelin throw saw a strong surge from veteran Barbora Spotakova, 36, while China reaped two medals through Li Lingwei and Lyu Huihui.

Spotakova set the winning mark of 66.76 meters in her second attempt. China’s Li Lingwei, a two-time Asian champion, produced her career best of 66.25 to take the silver while her teammate Lyu Huihui, who set a new Asian record in the qualification of 67.49 Sunday, settled for the bronze in 65.26.(SD-Xinhua)

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