2017 world championship silver medallist Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas, who had been out since early June with an injury, but had returned with a 44.43 last week, appeared to be well on his way to victory as the runners in the men’s 400 rounded the final turn. However, he soon pulled up injured (he initially visibly backed off and tried to keep going) and his loss was Fred Kerly’s gain as Kerly earned a narrow victory in 44.80.
Nathan Strother, who didn’t even make the NCAA final for Tennessee this year (4th at USAs, however) ended up second in 44.93.
Can someone tell me how Strother got into the final? As i mentioned earlier, he's run 1 DL all year and was DFL in it.