Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev shocked Wayde Van Niekerk to win the 200m title at the World Championships on Thursday night.
The South African Van Niekerk claimed silver in 20.11sec and missed the chance to become the first man since Michael Johnson in 1995 to win the 400m and 200m double at the World Championships.
Guliyev won in 20.09sec, with Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago third in 20.11, Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake fourth and Isaac Makwala of Botswana sixth.
Makwala, who had to plea to the IAAF to run following a bout of illness, came in sixth in 20.44. Makwala qualified on Wednesday after running a solo time trial and the semi-final, having been controversially denied entry to the stadium on Tuesday as athletics’ world governing body tried to combat an outbreak of the norovirus.
Makwala and Botswana had been critical of his treatment and the 30-year-old said he was still running heartbroken after not being allowed to race in the 400m.
But he was never in contention on Thursday as Guliyev, a European silver medal winner, triumphed impressively.