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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Bahrain Team at the IAAF World Championships, Protests Against Russian Runner

Despite a significant setback regarding the disqualification of one of their runners, Russian women dominated in the 1500 meters final at the IAAF World Championships yesterday. Tatiana Tomashova, Yulia Chizhenko and Olga Yegorova broke away at 200 meters to the finish and began competing between themselves. But after the finish, the Bahrain team entered a protest that Yulia Chizhenko obstructed Maryam Yusuf Jamal. After examining the video of the race, the Jury of Appeal accepted the protest, judging that the Russian athlete jostled the Bahrain athlete in a manner that significantly impeded her progress and should be disqualified under Rule 163.2.

(The Russian Squad pose after the women's 4x400M relay in
Helsinki where they won the gold medal)

The controversial incident came with 300 metres to go when favourite Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain was at the head of a pack of four Russians hemming her in. With Jamal running slightly on the outside of the inside lane there was just enough room for Russian champion Chizhenko to force her way through. Raising an arm to squeeze past she gave Jamal a nudge that sent her sideways into Tomashova who put her arm up in defence sending the Bahraini back into Chizhenko.

Source: IAAF & Russian Athletics | reBlogged By: News Blog re-Blog
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