Injury could halt Makwala’s impressive season


Isaac Makwala’s exciting season could possibly come to an abrupt end after the charismatic runner sustained an injury over the weekend

The Tutume born lad, who limped out of the 200m race during the Eugene Diamond League (DL) meet over the weekend, has had a remarkable season thus far, winning his maiden international gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games which were held in Gold Coast on April. He took his streak of form to the Diamond League meets where he has amassed 13 points in the 400m race thus far. He also clocked his 200m season’s best of 19.96s a fortnight ago during the IAAF Golden Grand Prix held at Osaka, Japan; his 400m season’s best is 44.23.

Badman as Makwala is affectionately referred to, was expected to carry the form into the Eugene DL meet but that was not the case as he limped out just after completing the curve in the 200m race.

“We are still waiting for the doctor’s report; he went to Holland today and is expected to see the doctor tomorrow (Tuesday) for Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and that’s when we can talk more about the injury,” highlighted Makwala’s coach Justice Dipeba in an interview.

Makwala was expected to take part in 400m event at the Rome, Italy DL meet but according to Dipeba, he will not take part in the race anymore. Dipeba earlier this month told this publication that Makwala would take the month of June off and not compete in any races, a deliberate decision which meant to avoid burn out.