World Track and Field Championships Hit by Vomiting Bug

London 2017 World Athletics Championships

London 2017 World Athletics Championships

The Tower Hotel, which has been working with environmental health officers and the International Association of Athletics Federations, said it was "not the source of the illness".

A number of athletes at the World Championships have been laid low by stomach upsets with Botswana's Isaac Makwala saying on Monday he was forced to withdraw from the 200m heats because of food poisoning.

However, Shirley Kirnon, Senior Lecturer in Infection Prevention and Control at the School of Health Sciences at Birmingham City University, warned the organisers faced a race against time to prevent it spreading like wildfire. That has also been confirmed by Public Health England.

Athletes with symptoms including diarrheoa and vomiting began presenting last week with the illness apparently centred around one of the official hotels.

The hotel added: "We have followed strict hygiene protocol, ensuring that those affected are not in contact with other guests and all public areas have been thoroughly sanitised".

"Let's hope they will allow me to run my final tomorrow".

German triple jumper Neele Eckhardt was among the first to show signs of illness, collapsing last week but recovering in time to compete in her event, reaching the final but finishing last.

Ireland's Thomas Barr missed the 400 metres hurdles semi-finals after contracting the vomiting bug.

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

Dr Deborah Turbitt of Public Health England (PHE) said: "PHE has been notified of a confirmed outbreak of norovirus among people associated with the World Athletics Championships".

At least seven Canadians were affected, including Eric Gillis, who was forced to drop out of Sunday's marathon after around 20 miles. "I was in my room the entire day in the dark".

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

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