Athletes fall ill at the official hotel
A few athletes staying at an official World Athletics Championship hotel in England has reportedly fallen sick. The organising committee has issued a statement saying the athletes have been affected by gastroenteritis. The runner from Botswana Isaac Makwala withdrew from his 200-meter opening heat and subsequently updated his Facebook page saying he has food poisoning. He said some of the other athletes staying there have also been affected. The organising committee assured the concern, saying that the athletes are being supported by their teams, as well as LOC medical staff and that they are cooperating with Public Health England to ensure that the situation is well in control. Makwala was supposed to be the chief contender for both the 200 meters and 400 meters against Wayde van Niekerk. The 400-meter final is on Tuesday. Makwala said that IAAF medical staff have informed him that it is food poisoning, and he hopes that he will be declared fit to run the 400-meter finals.
Faith Kipyegon wins 1500 meter
Kenyan athlete Faith Kipyegon matched her Olympic gold from last year as she held out a cluster of runners to claim the women’s 1500 meter at the London Olympic Stadium. She dedicated the win to Australian athlete Betty Cuthbert as a tribute to her legacy. The race was a very close one, and a total of five athletes could have won in the last 50 meters, but Faith kept her head about her and timed her run to perfection. Kipyegon pushed ahead of the pack and managed to edge out a little gap. With 40 meters to go, Dutch runner, Sifan Hassan was defeated by American Jenny Simpson while local runner Laura Muir who had really high expectations was squeezed out by Africa’s Caster Semenya. Kipyegon took gold while Simpson who had also run an almost perfect run if not for Kipyegon took silver. Semenya, the controversial 800-metre runner, ended third to take the bronze while Laura Muir lost out on the third place by about 700ths of a second.
Gatlin draws flak from IAAF president Lord Coe
American athlete Justin Gatlin brought a lot of flak from the president of the IAAF after his 9.92-second victory at the World Athletics Championship. Gatlin’s manager condemned Lord Coe’s statement saying that though Gatlin was banned for taking some forbidden substances, he was reinstated by the IAAF after proper medical tests and was therefore undeserving of any such “inhuman” comments. Lord Coe refused to “eulogise” after the American’s victory beating out compatriot Christian Coleman who came second and legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt who came third. Usain Bolt failed to secure a 20th world gold in his last 100-meter race before retiring. Gatlin’s manager said that Bolt had no issues with Gatlin and if it was okay with the legend then it should be good with the IAAF. Gatlin has previously served two bans for taking forbidden drugs, but he has served his time and now he is supposed to be reinstated. His manager termed Lord Coe’s actions as “unsportsmanlike”.