Rimmer’s Finish Gets Reinstated

IAAF reverses last week’s disqualification in Stockholm.

Written by: David Monti
(c) 2010 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Michael Rimmer, the European Championships silver medalist at 800 meters, has been reinstated to second place from last Friday’s 800 meters at the DN Galan meeting in Stockholm, part of the Samsung Diamond League.  He had been disqualified by officials after the race under IAAF rule 163.6 (leaving the race course) after a protest by another runner.  Rimmer was involved in some contact with other athletes between the 500 and 600-meter points and took several steps inside of the curb.

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However, the jury of appeals decided that Rimmer had not gained an unfair advantage from briefly leaving the track.

“As the stepping inside can be regarded as unintentional, and as no other runner was disturbed and no material advantage was gained, the Jury of Appeal decides, interpreting the basic purposes of IAAF Rule 163.4, to revoke Martin Rimmer’s disqualification and reinstate him to the second place in the race,” read a statement released by meeting director Rajne Söderberg.  “The Jury doesn’t see need for any further action in connection with men’s 800m race.”

Rimmer clocked 1:45.11, behind winner (and European champion) Marcin Lewandowski of Poland.  All other athletes were bumped down by one place.

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