South African athlete, Wayde van Niekerk has shockingly lost the 200 metres final to Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev at the World Athletics Championships.
Van Niekerk, who won the 400 meters gold medal on Wednesday, failed to match Michael Johnson’s 200m-400m gold medal double 22 years ago, returning in the time of 20.11 seconds behind Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev 20.09 seconds, to claim the silver medal.
Isaac Makwala’s dreams of a medal at the World Championships was also shattered, as the Botswanan, who was controversially excluded from the 400 meters on medical grounds, finished in sixth place with the time of 20.44.
Makwala was initially excluded from the 200 meters event and had to run a solo time trial to qualify for the 200 meters final, following intervention from the Botswanan Athletics Federation.
Ramil Guliyev, who switched from native country Azerbaijan to represent Turkey in 2011, said immediately after the race: “This is not a shock, but it does not feel real.
“I have shown my best throughout this competition. I delivered my best race at the right time. I’m so happy to be world champion. This is the best moment of my career.”
A “heart broken” Isaac Makwala, told the BBC: “The 400m was the one I put all my money on; the 200m I do sometimes for speed only. It’s not like the 400m. I never use blocks, but I am happy I was in the final.”
“I thought I could get a medal, but I ran yesterday two difficult races and it wasn’t easy.”
“I will leave the championships with my heart broken.”