Rimmer’s Finish Gets Reinstated

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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