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Final date for man of the moment Makwala

FINAL DATE: Isaac Makwala

MAN OF the moment Isaac Makwala qualified for the final of the 200m, after having to race twice within a few hours.

Following on from yesterday when he was refused entry into the stadium for yesterday’s 400m final, he was declared medically fit and had to run a time trial to progress into the semi final.

He did it in 20.20seconds. Barely two hours later he had to run again in the semi final and he came second from lane one in 20.14.

He said:

"I put everything on god after what happened yesterday. I'm still running with my heart broken. I wish the IAAF had given me the decision to run the 400m first. I was ready to run I don't know who made the decision. 400m is my reason for training.

"I'm running with anger. 400m is my race. But thanks to the crowd, they were amazing. Thanks to IAAF for letting me run today."

South African Wayde Van Niekerk, the favourite 200m, scrambled into the final as well as one of the fast losers it could be argued that he was tired having run last night, however Makwala has had to run two rounds in one day.

Van Niekerk said:

"I knew it would be a tough challenge. To see my name in the final is a real pleasure. I've got time to recover now and give it my all in the final."

Defending champion, Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi of Kenya, qualified for the final of the 3000m steeplechase coming second in her heat with a time of 9:36:86. She won this event in 2011. Her team mate Purity Kimui also qualified in third in 9:40.53.

Another Kenyan, Beatrice Chepkoech, won the second heat in 9:19.03. Ethiopian Birtukan Fente's time of 9:33.99 was good enough for her to qualify as a fast loser.

Chelliphine Chespol won the final heat in 9:27.35 to make it three Kenyans in the final, which will take place on Friday evening. Another Ethiopian Etenesh Diro qualified as a fastest loser in 9:31.87.

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