MAKWALA Isaac < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Botswana   
Gender Men
Born 24 Sep 1985 in Tutume, BOT
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Tsotso Makwala
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Tswana
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began sprinting at age 10.
Why this sport? A teacher persuaded him to try athletics after seeing his running ability when he was playing football. "I loved the sport and the teachers encouraged me to do it. I wanted to feature more in an individual sport than a team sport."
Club / Team Francistown Athletics Club: Botswana
Name of coach Justice Dipeba [national], BOT
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Botswana
General Interest
Nicknames Badman [he gave himself the nickname in 2014 after breaking national sprint records in Botswana]. (Facebook page, 20 Feb 2020; IAAF, 24 Aug 2015)
Hobbies Watching football, spending time with friends. (Facebook page, 20 Feb 2020)
Most influential person in career His parents, and coach Justice Dipeba. (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol US 400m runner Sanya Richards-Ross. (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
Injuries In May 2018 he tore a tendon in his hamstring during a Diamond League event in Eugene, OR, United States of America. (, 12 Sep 2019)

In 2009 he suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out of action for two months. (Athlete, 27 Jul 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs During competitions he wears a flashy yellow sleeve on his right forearm in tribute to his favourite athlete, US sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross. (IAAF, 24 Aug 2015)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and to break the world record. (Making Of Champs YouTube channel, 28 Aug 2019;, 12 Apr 2018)
Other information QUARANTINE
World Athletics [IAAF] excluded him from the 400m final at the 2017 World Championships in London, England, following fears he had the norovirus and that he could be contagious to other athletes. Having missed the heats, he was granted a time-trial to compete in the 200m once his 48-hour quarantine period was over and was able to qualify for the semifinals. He eventually placed sixth in the final. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Feb 2020;, 10 Aug 2017)