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Two Track Luminaries Watch as Their Records Remain Untouched
Like van Niekerk, Makwala had wanted to double in the 200 and 400 here as well, but after he fell ill with a gastrointestinal virus, the International Association of Athletics Federations, which oversees the championships, did not allow him to compete in the 400 final because of concerns
that he might spread the illness to other competitors.
The South African star Wayde van Niekerk came within three-hundredths of a second of managing it,
but Johnson remained the last man to sweep the 200 meters and the 400 meters at the world championships, which he did in 1995.
And while Christian Taylor has long had Edwards’s world record of 18.29 meters in his sights
and had entered this season and these championships with big plans, he and his American teammate Will Claye could not even threaten the mark, also set in 1995.
Makwala, in his frustration, also said he believed that the I. A.A. F.
would have treated him differently and perhaps allowed him to run if he had been British, a suggestion
that Sebastian Coe, the president of the I. A.A. F., has dismissed