I agree. If this was an international race, I think there would have been a French protest and possibly a DQ. If this was the NOP, there might have been a protest and a DQ.
I really think the poster below nails it perfectly.
There was zero reason for Kipchirchir to be coming down on hill. It was the final turn of the race. There would be no other turns so no need to come down into lane one when he didn't have clear separation. In horse racing, a move like that could get you DQd.
But my main thought is the officially generally almost never are going to allow someone to extend their arms and shove them. I guess Hill could say he was trying to prevent a fall for both of them but if this was an international race, I think most people are instinctively going to see someone's arm fully extended on the back of another runner and instantly DQ the person doing the shove.
It's hard to see from the clip, but Hill does not appear to run right on the curb, certainly after the shove, he is in the middle of the lane, while Kipchirchir is pushed out to Lane 2. Kipchirchir did not appear to make a sharp incursion before the shove, and there's no right to being given space to overtake on the inside.
It's also ok not to sanction anyone if there was no protest, but clearly, had Kipchirchir not qualified, he would have had a good reason to protest. There is never an excuse for pushing another runner during a race.
Kip didn’t even cut him off. He just passed him and stayed on the line of lane 1 and 2. On the Lane line between lanes one and two which is where you should run. Outdoors maybe a DQ ,but indoors: and that's why they call it indoor track.
Watch the gif and closely observe Hill's legs. He doesn't have to chop his stride, slow, or change his line in the least.
We have all been in races where we are cut in on, even boxed, and you can't just put two hand up and SHOVE a guy in the middle of the back.
he decided to stay on inside rail right behind the leader with someone closing fast from behind in the last 100 meters of a race. its as if he was daring someone to box him in. he reminds me of a hs runner who thinks he has to always stay on the inside lane so he doesn't run extra distance!!