Jordan Hasay withdraws her protest, forfeits spot on world team.
In yet another bizarre turn of events, Gabriele Grunewald has been reinstated as the 2014 U.S. indoor women’s 3,000-meter champion and named to Team USA for the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships to be held in Sopot, Poland from March 7-9, USATF CEO Max Siegel announced Monday.
According to a release sent out by USA Track & Field on Monday, Siegel spoke with representatives for Grunewald and Jordan Hasay, the two athletes who made contact with one another in the women’s 3,000 final on Saturday in Albuquerque. Grunewald kicked past Hasay and her Nike Oregon Project teammate Shannon Rowbury to win the race in 9:23.15. Rowbury was second, Sara Vaughn took third and Hasay crossed in fourth. Later in the day, after two rounds of appeals, Grunewald was disqualified by the Jury of Appeal for clipping Hasay’s stride. The final disqualification was made on the basis of enlarged, digital footage of the legs and feet of both athletes, according to USA Track & Field.
Siegel’s spoke with Grunewald’s agent, Paul Doyle, as well as Alberto Salazar, Hasay’s coach who filed the initial protest and subsequent appeals on Saturday.
“I had productive discussions with both Paul and Alberto,” Siegel said. “Both are passionate people who passionately advocate for their athletes. And both want what is best for the sport and as well and its athletes. Our women’s track & field meet officials, who volunteer their time to serve the sport, made a field-of-play decision based on the video evidence they saw. They followed the process laid out in our competition rules, with no USATF employee or officer part of the appeal or the decision. We are all looking forward and will address our processes to try to minimize the potential for controversy or misunderstanding in the future.”
Hasay, who on Monday chose to withdraw her protest, resulting in the reinstatement of Grunewald’s victory as well as her spot on the world team, wished her competitors well at next month’s world championship meet.
“As with all of the competitors who lined up on Saturday, I desperately wanted to make the team to represent the United States at the upcoming World Indoor Track and Field Championships,” Hasay said in a statement. “Since Saturday evening my emotions have ranged from despair to determination to go to Poland and represent my country as best I can. After much thought and consideration, however, I have decided to withdraw my protest as I do not want to make a national team under these circumstances. I wish all members of the USA team going to Poland my best and look forward to continuing to train hard and competing to represent the USA in future World Championship and Olympic Games.”
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