Norovirus continues to plague world champs

World Athletics Championships hit by food poisoning as Isaac Makwala forced to withdraw from 200m

The World Athletics Championships in London have been hit by an outbreak of gastroenteritis as visiting athletes have been laid low by stomach upsets.

"It is highly infectious and with vast numbers of people - athletes, site personnel and visitors - in such close proximity, exposure to affected individuals can not be contained easily".

Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner, who runs in the 800m on Thursday, as well as race walkers Rob Heffernan, Alex Wright and Brendan Boyce, all competing on Sunday, will stay in alternative accommodation.

"Athletes who have finished competing already have been offered a flight home to protect their health".

The Public Health England says about 30 athletes and support staff have been affected.

"Isaac Makwala was withdrawn from the men's 400m (Final) due to a medical condition on the instruction of the IAAF medical delegate", world athletics' ruling body said in a statement.

London 2017, the championship organisers, announced on Monday several competitors - staying at the same official team hotel - had suffered gastroenteritis.

"Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff".

A London 2017 spokesman said: "We're working with Public Health England to manage the situation".

"As a result, further advice and guidelines have been issued to team doctors and support staff - standard procedure for such an occurrence where a number of teams are occupying championship accommodation".

Public Health England today said around 30 people had been affected, with laboratory tests having revealed norovirus.

The Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) told insidethegames in a statement on behalf of the Botswana Athletics Association that 25 athletes from across the countries competing at the Championships here had now been affected.

The Aldershot Farnham and District runner had achieved a PB of 31:35.92 at the Games in Brazil, and was crowned British champion in the same year.

The hotel said: "We can confirm that regretfully a small number of our guests have been suffering from an illness".

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