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Makwala Stumbles At Last Hurdle

The nation’s hero and only medal hopeful at the ongoing World
championships came short of glory last night in a race that was not meant
to be as he stumbled to sixth position.

Makwala, 30 succumbed to the last minute pinch and pressure of the IAAF
race when it looked all done and dusted for the Botswana sprinter.

The race saw the exception of Usain Bolt a celebrated Jamaican runner who
announced that he will be retiring from competitive athletics after the
competition creating space for a new generation of talent to step up,
increasing the massive pressure on Isaac Makwala who was mysteriously and
inexplicable excluded from the 400m.

As fate will have it the Tutume born sprinter was relegated to the sixth
spot in a time of 20.44 after a hard fought battle in which he dominated
the better part of the race.

Makwala together with his South African counterpart Wayde Van Niekerk
appeared overawed by the occasion, after a strong start with Van Niekerk
having to settle for silver.

The star local sprinter came to the race as a fan favorite and the most
talked about character at the Championships after he was unfairly  barred
from the 400m final over a sickness bug that he dismissed in interviews
with BBC.

Turkish Ramil Guliyev won gold in 20.09, Wayde Van Nierkerk snatched silver
in 20.11s followed by Trinidad and Tobaco Jereem Richards on Bronze in
20.11. Nerhaneel Blake of UK and Ameer Webb also finished ahead of Makwala
in 20.24 and 20.26s respectively.

The loss came as a disappointment to the blue, black but Batswana received
underwhelming news with jovial hearts and applauded the athlete for a
courageous fight he put in against all odds.

The Botswana government has pledged a P100, 000.00 incentive reward for the
athlete on his exclusion from the 400m and promised to demand answers from
IAAF by engaging lawyers over the fiasco.

The President of Botswana Lt Gen Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama has promised to
declare a public holiday sometime soon to honor the hero if he scoped a
medal of any colour to motivate Makwala to do well.

The only redemption for Botswana now lies in the 4 * 4 relay were (Makwala,
Thebe, Amos and Maotoanong
) are expected to secure a podium finish.

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