Mak­wala qual­i­fies for 200m, reaches fi­nal

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

LON­DON — Isaac Mak­wala qual­i­fied Wed­nes­day for the 200-me­ter semi­fi­nals at the world cham­pi­onships.

The run­ner from Botswana, who came down with a stom­ach bug and was forced to miss Wed­nes­day’s 400 fi­nal, was be­lat­edly al­lowed to run his qual­i­fy­ing heat, two days af­ter all his com­peti­tors did so. Need­ing to run 20.53 sec­onds or faster to ad­vance, Mak­wala braved the rain and cold at Olympic Sta­dium and fin­ished in 20.20.

Later, he ran a blis­ter­ing race from the in­side lane to reach the fi­nal as the sec­ond fin­isher from his heat be­hind Isiah Young of the United States. The in­side lane is tough in the best of con­di­tions, but it was even more dif­fi­cult be­cause most of the wa­ter from the re­lent­less rain had set­tled there.

Mak­wala pumped his right arm as he crossed 20.14 sec­onds, .02 sec­onds be­hind Young.

Phyl­lis Fran­cis of the United States up­set the fa­vorites to win the 400 me­ters.

Olympic cham­pion Shau­nae Miller-Uibo looked poised to win gold un­til she slowed in the fi­nal me­ters. Salwa Eid Naser swept past Allyson Felix in the fi­nal me­ter to lunge at the line

for sil­ver, ahead of the Amer­i­can vet­eran.

Fran­cis fin­ished in 49.92 sec­onds, .14 sec­onds ahead of Naser. Felix took third in 50.08 and Miller-Uibo was fourth.

Karsten Warholm of Nor­way won the world ti­tle in the 400-me­ter hur­dles, hold­ing off Yas­mani Copello of Turkey and Ker­ron Cle­ment of the United States.

Warholm, 21, earned his first ma­jor ti­tle, and then looked up in amaze­ment as the re­sult showed on the gi­ant screen.

The Nor­we­gian won in 48.35 sec­onds, .14 sec­onds ahead of Copello. Cle­ment, a two-time for­mer cham­pion, fin­ished in 48.52.

Darya Klishina of Rus­sia had the top mark to qual­ify for Fri­day’s long jump fi­nal.

The chilly con­di­tions were such that no one made the au­to­matic qual­i­fy­ing stan­dard of 22-0 feet. Klishina, com­pet­ing as a neu­tral ath­lete be­cause of Rus­sia’s dop­ing sus­pen­sion, jumped 21-10½, edg­ing Tianna Bar­to­letta of the United States by 2 cen­time­ters.

Euro­pean cham­pion Ivana Spanovic of Ser­bia was also through, as was this year’s world leader, Brit­tney Reese of the United States.


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