Michael Rimmer Reinstated into 2nd Place in Men's 800m at Stockholm
August 9, 2010
In the crazy men's 800m this past Friday in Stockholm that saw heavy favorite Abubaker Kaki drop out after getting tangled up in the field after colliding with rabbit Khadevis Robinson with 200m to go, Britain's Michael Rimmer originally finished second but was disqualified for violating IAAF rule 163.6 "An athlete, after voluntarily leaving the track, shall not be allowed to continue in the race."
The Stockholm Jury of Appeals has now met and ruled that Rimmer did not gain an advantage when he stepped inside the rail between the 500m and 600m mark, that the incident was caused by a bump from Michael Kivuna, and therefore Rimmer should be reinstated in the results. (For the full pdf ruling click here, for the IAAF rule 163.4 click here)
IAAF Rule 163.4 a) says, "4. An athlete shall not be disqualified if he (a) is pushed or forced by another person to run outside his lane or on or inside the kerb or line marking the applicable border with no material advantage thereby being gained and no other athlete being obstructed."
Here are the revised results which show Lewandowski and Rimmer going 1-2 just as they did at the European champs.
You can see a video of the race here.
1 1:45.06 LEWANDOWSKI, Marcin POL
2 1:45.11 RIMMER, Michael GBR
3 1:45.28 KIVUNA, Jackson Mumbwa KEN
4 1:45.31 LALANG, Boaz KEN
5 1:45.32 SYMMONDS, Nick USA
6 1:45.41 MANZANO, Leonel USA
7 1:46.41 YEGO, Alfred Kirwa KEN
8 1:46.51 WHEATING, Andrew USA
9 1:46.86 KAMEL, Yusuf Saad BRN
DNF KAKI KHAMIS, Abubaker SUD
DNF ROBINSON, Khadevis USA