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Isaac Makwala
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Makwala in 2015
Personal information
Nationality Motswana
Born 24 September 1985 (1985-09-24) (age 35)
Tutume, BotswanaBotswana
Height 1.85 m
Weight 78 kg
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 200 metres, 400 metres
Club Francistown Athletics Club
Updated on 17 September 2015.

Isaac Makwala (born 24 September 1985) is a Motswana sprinter who specializes in the 400 metres. He was the gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. He has also won continental titles at the distance, winning at the 2015 African Games and twice at the African Championships in Athletics (2012, 2014). He has represented his country at the 2016 Summer Olympics, three times at the Commonwealth Games, and five times at the World Championships in Athletics (2007, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017). With the Botswana 4 × 400 metres relay team he has won the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a silver medal at the 2017 IAAF World Relays and medals at the African Games and Championships.

His personal best time of 43.72, set 5 July 2015 in La Chaux-de-Fonds was an African continental record and ranks him number 8 on the all-time list, the second fastest non-American. He is also a sub-20 200 metres runner.

On July 14, 2017, Isaac Makwala became the first man in history to run a 200 m within 20 seconds and a 400 m within 44 seconds on the same day by running 43.92 in the 400, then 19.77 (+0.0) in the 200, 2 hours and 20 minutes later at the Meeting de Atletismo Madrid.

He qualified for 400m final at the 2017 World Championships, before being withdrawn from the race, due to illness. He then qualified for the 200 m final, placing overall sixth.

He competed in the 400m at the 2020 Summer Olympics, finishing 7th in the final.

Major competitions record

Representing  Botswana
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 17th (sf) 400 m 47.02
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:03.16
World Championships Osaka, Japan 14th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:05.96
2008 African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2nd 400 m 45.64
4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:06.54
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 34th (h) 400 m 46.45
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar – (h) 4 × 400 m relay DQ
African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 14th (sf) 400 m 46.92
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:05.16
Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 20th (sf) 400 m 47.07
5th 4 × 400 m relay 3:04.65
2011 All-Africa Games Maputo, Mozambique 7th 400 m 46.78
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:13.21 (NR)
African Championships Porto Novo, Benin 1st 400 m 45.25
4 × 400 m relay DQ
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 28th (h) 200 m 20.84
22nd (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:05.74
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 9th (sf) 400 m 45.57
African Championships Marrakech, Morocco 2nd 200 m 20.51
1st 400 m 44.23
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:01.89
2015 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 8th 4 × 400 m relay 3:03.73
World Championships Beijing, China 5th 400 m 44.63
9th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 2:59.95
African Games Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 1st 400 m 44.35
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:00.95
2016 African Championships Durban, South Africa 4th 400 m 46.58
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 22nd (sf) 400 m 46.60
5th 4 × 400 m relay 2:59.06
2017 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:02.28
World Championships London, United Kingdom 6th 200 m 20.44
4th (semis) 400 m 44.301
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 1st 400 m 44.35
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:01.78
2019 African Games Rabat, Morocco 8th (sf) 400 m 46.55
2021 World Relays Chorzów, Poland 3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:04.77

1Did not start in the final

Personal bests

  • 200 metres - 19.77 secs, Madrid, Spain, 14 July 2017
  • 400 metres - 43.72 secs (#2 African all time), La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, 5 July 2015
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