Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Athletes 'quarantined' as stomach bug hits World Championships

Athletes 'quarantined' as stomach bug hits World Championships

Public Health England says 30 athletes and support staff have been affected, with two cases confirmed as the bug.

London 2017 organisers have ordered a floor in one of the hotels used by competitors to be quarantined after an outbreak of gastroenteritis was confirmed in a hotel.

"According to IAAF medics I am apparently suffering from food poisoning which has affected several other athletes in the athletes' hotel", he wrote on his Facebook page.

Makwala was withdrawn from the first round of the men's 200m on Monday for the same reason, but insisted Tuesday he was ready to run the 400m before the IAAF stepped in.

The Ireland team, who are also staying at the hotel, have confirmed that one athlete - 400m hurdler Thomas Barr has been affected.

The Guoman Tower Hotel said they were "not the source of the illness" following investigations carried out by the IAAF, Public Health England and environmental health officers.

It was not immediately clear if Makwala, who pulled out of the 200m heats earlier on Monday, was staying at the hotel in question but he said on his Facebook page that other athletes in his accommodation had been ill.

A hotel spokesman added: "We have followed strict hygiene protocol". "Lets hope they will allow me to run my final tomorrow".

"I wasn't feeling great yesterday evening and later in the night I was hit with a bout of gastroenteritis", he said.

"Thomas Barr is the only Irish athlete who has been affected".

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"After months of consideration, I have made a decision to retire from global athletics", she wrote on Twitter.

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was also physically sick before the 100 metres final on Sunday, though the Jamaican said that was not unusual for her and hadn't had any effect on her below-par performance as she finished fifth.

But while she may have quit global athletics, that's not to say Martin's running career is totally over.

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