local 5k guy wrote:
I just looked at the headline, "2011 World XC Champion Merga DQed After Contact With 3 Runners In Final 320m" and then went and found the race on youtube and thought to myself "what did he get DQd for?" Nothing looked like a DQ to me although Merga is known as a rough racer.
Then I watchd the last lap again saw Merga step on the line with 370 meters to go and wondered, "is that what he got DQd for?"
I then read the full article and I was right, "Imane Merga finished in the bronze position but would find out later in the evening that he had been disqualified for running on the inside of the track"
You can see it right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IpYjhn2a_0#t=6m10
I've got the video to start at 6:10 into the race. Look at the 6:12 mark and you'll see it. Merga was DQd for running on the inside of the track around the bend not for contact.