Commonwealth Games: Isaac Makwala wins 400m in absence of Van Niekerk at the Commonwealth Games

Makwala wins 400m easing down at the Commonwealth Games.
10 April 2018

Isaac Makwala turned a 400m which loomed as a tough battle with Grenada’s Bralon Taplin into something of a cakewalk, easing to the line to win in 44.35.

He could easily have run a tenth or two faster as he spread his arms wide and eased off when victory was assured some 15 metres short of the line. Taplin finished fifth.

Baboloki Thebe made it a Botswana 1-2, taking the silver in 45.09 just ahead of Jamaica’s Javon Francis, 45.11. In fourth place was Muhammed Anas Yahiya, the first Indian runner to reach a Commonwealth one-lap final since the great Milka Singh won the 440 yards in Cardiff in 1958.

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