The bizarre moment a Botswanan athlete was forced to run the 200 meters alone at the World Championships

Isaac Makwala was 'on his own against the clock' but still posted a qualifying time in the 200-meter event.

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The IAAF World Championships in London produced one of its more surreal moments on Wednesday evening as Botswanan athlete Isaac Makwala won a one-man race.

Makwala was prevented from competing in Monday's heats as he was "one of 30 athletes and support staff" in quarantine after contracting norovirus while staying at the Tower hotel in London.

The 30-year-old was eventually granted an opportunity to reach the 200-meter semifinal on Wednesday — albeit under bizarre circumstances.

Makwala was the only athlete on the track and had to beat the clock — a race time of 20.54 seconds set by those who raced in the heat — to qualify for the semis.

You can watch Makwala's race below. The athlete, who was barred from the 400-meter final because of the norovirus bug, "sent a message" to the IAAF at the finish line. He pumped out five unnecessary but crowd-pleasing push-ups, having clocked a qualifying time of 20.20 seconds.

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