Athletes 'quarantined' as stomach bug hits World Championships

Athletes 'quarantined' as stomach bug hits World Championships

A number of other athletes staying at the same hotel also have gastroenteritis, including the Ireland 400m hurdler Thomas Barr.

Dr Deborah Turbitt of Public Health England (PHE) said: "PHE has been notified of a confirmed outbreak of norovirus among people associated with the World Athletics Championships".

The IAAF said that contrary to what had been claimed by the Botswana team, it had made it clear that under no circumstances could Makwala take part.

The German team has reacted by moving 30 athletes to different accommodation around London. He remains the only Irish athlete to have contracted the bug.

The Tower Hotel issued a statement yesterday denying any responsibility for the outbreak.

The hotel said: "We can confirm that regretfully a small number of our guests have been suffering from an illness".

Notably, Botswana's Isaac Makwala, a favorite for the 400m, was forced to withdraw from the 200m heats on the instruction of the IAAF.

The IAAF was facing questions over the exclusion of Botswana medal hope on medical grounds.

Video footage by the BBC showed Makwala was prevented from entering the warm-up track, and Botswanan officials criticized the IAAF for their heavy-handedness.

McLeod adds world title
It's totally different to previous year where we had Usain (Bolt) and Elaine (Thompson) winning, which I used to propel me. Running out of lane four, McLeod was away quickly to take the lead but was chased down in lane two by Shubenkov.

It is still unclear whether or not he will be able to compete in the 400m final - but we really hope that he can. With Bolt not racing in the 200, and Makwala - who would've contended at that distance, too - unable to get to the starting line, the odds of Van Niekerk completing the 200-400 double just keep getting better.

Isaac Makwala, who was kept out of the final of the 400 meters at the world championships for medical reasons, insists he is not sick and should have been allowed to compete.

Public Health England said 30 athletes and support staff had been affected at a central London hotel, with two cases confirmed as being the norovirus bug.

"My responsibility is to ensure the healthcare of all the athletes here and it's a very infectious and very virulent disease". As per United Kingdom health regulations, it was requested that he be quarantined in his room for 48 hours, a period which ends [Wednesday].

The men's 400m final is scheduled for 22:50 (SA time).

Several members of the teams from Canada and Germany staying at the Guoman Tower Hotel are also believed to have been affected, with German athletes arriving on Tuesday reportedly diverted to other accommodation.

In other news, Heffernan's medal chances were given a boost with the withdrawal of Australia's Jared Tallent from Sunday's 50km race walk.

Kenyan or Kenyan-born runners have won the steeplechase at the world championships and the Olympics every time since 1987, when Joshua Kipkemboi fell in the final of the world championships and Italian rival Francesco Panetta went on to win.

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