Pretty good stuff. Now Riseley deleted the tweet and later sent a text message to Gregson apologizing.
Scott Gillian wrote:
A twitter spat has added more spice to today’s 1500m final with Jeff Riseley disciplined over a tweet about his main rival Ryan Gregson.
Riseley referred to Bahrain’s disgraced drug cheat Rashid Ramzi when commenting on the winner of the Friday’s third heat which was Gregson.
He later told officials he was referring to Gregson’s finish where he ran off the track and crossed the line in lane six which was a trademark of Ramzi’s.
But given the national record holder has been sidelined for most of the past 12 months and hasn’t run a race all season, the Gregson camp read the tweet as referring to the dubious history of 2008 Olympic 1500m champion who was later stripped of his title.
The pair were training partners for a number of years as part of Nic Bideau’s stable before Riseley moved on after a disappointing performance at the London Olympics.
“I did see it and I was disappointed,” Bideau said. “I expected more from Jeff who I worked with at two Olympics.”
Does anyone know what he actually said in the tweet?
We'd love to know what exactly was tweeted. It seems if a guy finishes in lane six, that that's clearly what he's referring to - not drugs - but without having seen the tweet it's hard to know.
So after all of that what happened in the race? Well Riseley spanked Gregson.
Final (06) -
1. Jeff Riseley 86 VIC 3:46.47
2. Ryan Gregson 90 NSW 3:48.01
3. Brenton Rowe 87 VIC 3:49.27
4. James Hansen 93 TAS 3:50.48
5. Tom Fawthorpe 90 VIC 3:52.00
6. Matt Russ 90 NZL 3:52.70
7. Adrian Plummer 91 NSW 3:53.18
8. Ryan Geard 92 VIC 3:53.30
9. Jack Stapleton 95 NSW 3:55.34
10. Ben Liddy 81 NSW 3:55.98
11. Joshua Tedesco 91 WA 4:00.56
DQ-- Joshua Wright 91 NSW Rule 163.2
Race video below.
For the record, they did shake hands.
Full Aussie national results here: