The 400m final was Isaac Makwala’s opportunity to show what he could do, following the controversial decision that led to him missing the event at last year’s World Championships in London.
He made the most of the stage to claim a dominant victory, clocking 44.35 to lead a Botswana 1-2 ahead of world fourth-placer Baboloki Thebe with 45.09. Jamaica’s Javon Francis secured bronze with a time of 45.11.
England’s Matthew Hudson-Smith had looked in 44.5 shape earlier on in the competition as he easily clocked 45.57 to win his heat, but his disqualification for a lane infringement left him unable to prove what else he might be capable of.
Makwala’s celebration after his victory was a clear case of a happily ever after.