UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Botswanian sprinter Isaac Makwala bounced back from illness to qualify for the 200-meter final at the track-and-field world championships.
But his path to get there was anything but conventional.
Makwala was one of 30 athletes and staff victimized by a stomach bug being passed around the event, and medics said he was too sick to run in the qualifying heats.
But as soon as his quarantine was lifted, Botswana petitioned the IAAF to give Makwala another chance to qualify.
The association granted him an individual time trial on Wednesday, Aug. 9, with the time to beat of 20.53 seconds.
Makwala passed the test and advanced to that evening’s semifinals, where — despite the cold London rain — he posted an even better time and put himself in the mix for medal.
So will his comeback story have a happy ending? The next chapter will be written Thursday night.