Makwala set to redeem himself

| September 2, 2015

The Diamond League meeting in Weltklas, Zurich today will give Botswana 400 metre star, Isaac Makwala, an immediate opportunity to avenge his IAAF World Championships loss against South African, Wayde Van Niekerek.

In a repeat of the World Championships, the Zurich start list would include gold medallist Van Niekerek, silver medallist LaShawn Merritt of United States of America, bronze medallist Kiran James of Grenada, Dominican Luguelín Santos Aquino, Saudi Arabian Yousef Ahmed Masrahi, and Rabah Yousif of Great Britain.

Bahamian Steven Garniner and USA’s David Verburg would be the only two athletes who did not run in the World Championships final.

Kiran is leading the standings with 10 points followed by Van Niekerek with eight points. One of the two will be declared the Diamond League 400 metres champion this evening and win the Diamond Trophy and a prize of USD $50,000. Makwala would have nothing to lose in this race. He might just need to give his all and maybe reclaim his African record from Wayde again.

Makwala said he was aware of all the hurdles ahead of him, adding that he was excited to be part of the Beijing 2015 rematch. He said he was confident of reversing what happened last week and win the race.

“I believe in myself, this will be a totally different competition and anything might happen,” he said.

Quizzed whether fatigue had not taken its toll, he was quick to point out that there was nothing he could do because athletics put bread on his table. He said if he had his way, he would have cut short his season immediately after the World Championships.

From Zurich, Makwala will go and compete in the IAAF World Challenge to be staged at Zagreb, Croatia in a 200 metres race on 8 September. He will then fly to Brussels Diamond League meeting to compete in the 200 metres race on September 11, and then Congo on September 12 to join Team Botswana.

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