Birth Date:  24 Sep 1985
Place of Birth:  TUTUME
Country of birth:  BOT
Age:  32
Gender:   Men
Height (cm):  178
Weight (Kg):  82

Events and Medals

Sport Event Rank
ATH Athletics Men's 400m 1 Gold
Men's 4 x 400m Relay 1 Gold

Isaac MAKWALA - Schedule

Time Event Status
Sun, 8 Apr 15:54
Men's 400m Round 1 - Heat 2
Mon, 9 Apr 19:56
Men's 400m Semifinal 1
Tue, 10 Apr 21:48
Gold Medal Event Men's 400m Final
Fri, 13 Apr 12:05
Men's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1 - Heat 1
Sat, 14 Apr 17:07
Gold Medal Event Men's 4 x 400m Relay Final

Biographical Information

Commonwealth Games
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's 400m 3s3 45.57
2010 Delhi, IND Men's 400m 6s2 47.07
2010 Dehli, IND Men's 4 x 400m Relay 5 3:04.65

Olympic Games
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Men's 4 x 400m Relay 5 2:59.06
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Men's 400m 8s3 46.60
2012 London, GBR Men's 400m 4r1h2 45.67

World Championships
2017 London, GBR Men's 200m 6 20.44
2017 London, GBR Men's 400m DNS -
2015 Beijing, CHN Men's 400m 5 44.63
2015 Beijing, CHN Men's 4 x 400m Relay 5r1h2 2:59.95
2013 Moscow, RUS Men's 200m 5r1h1 20.84
2013 Moscow, RUS Men's 4 x 400m Relay 8r1h1 3:05.74
2009 Berlin, GER Men's 400m 5r1h3 46.45
2007 Osaka, JPN Men's 4 x 400m Relay 7r1h2 3:05.96

Nickname: Badman (he gave himself the nickname in 2014 after breaking national sprint records in Botswana). (IAAF, 24 Aug 2015)
Hobbies: Looking after his livestock, supporting English football team Manchester United and South African football team Kaizer Chiefs. (IAAF, 24 Aug 2015)
Occupation: Athlete
Education: Trade - carpenter
Languages spoken: English, Tswana

PERSONAL: Justice DIPEBA (BOT) from 2013 (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)

Reason: Teacher persuaded him to try athletics after seeing his running ability playing football. (, 24 Mar 2015; Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
Hero: USA sprinter Sanya RICHARDS-ROSS (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
Influence: Parents and coach (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
Ritual: During competition wears flashy yellow sleeve on right forearm in tribute to favourite athlete, USA sprinter Sanya RICHARDS-ROSS. (IAAF, 24 Aug 2015)
Additional information

Leading contender for 200m and 400m at London 2017 World Championships, but prevented from running in opening 200m heat and 400m final after a stomach virus affected scores of competitors. When IAAF cleared him, required to run a solo 200m qualifying time of 20.53 to earn a semifinal place. Ran 20.20, then two hours later in the semifinal ran 20.14 to qualify for final, eventually finishing sixth. Refused entry to London Stadium for 400m final due to quarantine restrictions. "I'm still running with my heart broken. I was ready to run the 400, that's the race I've been training for. I don't run the 200m very often," he said. "The crowd was amazing, they helped me believe."

On 14 July 2017 at a meet in Madrid, first man in history to run 200m under 20 seconds (19.77) and a 400m under 44 seconds (43.92) on same day. (, Aug 2017)

Hopes the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be an improvement on his experience at Glasgow 2014, where he was eliminated in the 400m semifinals. "Scotland was too cold for me. I thought I could race to get a medal, but I don't peform well in that kind of weather. Australia should suit me better." (, 30 Mar 2018)

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Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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