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Athletes at World Championships in London hit by norovirus

Athletes at World Championships in London hit by norovirus
By Robert Hackwill
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Athletes from Botswana, Canada, Germany and Ireland have been laid low by norovirus at the World Championships in London


A medal prospect in the World Athletics championships in London, Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, is the highest-profile victim of a norovirus outbreak at the games, which has laid low at least 30 competitors, and caused some to pull out of their events.

‘‘This is bad. Sometimes I feel that, you know I feel heartbroken yesterday. I was ready for this, I worked hard for this so I feel like sabotaging or something like that. I was ready, I was top of my game here. I was ready to make everything possible. I came here for a medal,’‘ he said.

Makwala, who missed his 200 metres heats after vomiting copiously, could still run in the final as a medical dispensation does not disqualify him. The Canadian and German teams have reportedly also been hit, along with Irish hurdler Thomas Barr.

#London about 30 athletes from Botswana Canada Germany & Ireland teams have contracted the sickness bug, staying at the same hotel

— Pierre-Jean Vazel (@pjvazel) August 8, 2017

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