All runners disqualified from 400m heat at worlds

Carrie Guzman
March 3, 2018

Five athletes made history for all the wrong reasons at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham on Friday morning.

Qatari sprinter Abdalelah Haroun, who won bronze at the London World Championships a year ago and was tipped for the gold medal by many, was the first to go after he was given a red card having inched out of the blocks a split-second early.

But the Grenadan was ruled to have run out of his lane, along with the other three finishers, Jamaica's Steven Gayle, Latvia's Austris Karpinskis and Alonzo Russell from the Bahamas.

It is the first time every athlete has been disqualified from a heat at a major championships, according to statistician Mark Butler.

Despite a lack of obvious visual evidence, all four athletes who had completed the race were disqualified for lane infringements, having stepped outside their allocated lane at some point during the race.

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Reigning silver medallist Haroun said of his own disqualification that he "did not know quite what happened".

The Grenada team appealed the decision, saying Taplin was already on a straight line and therefore didn't create an advantage, but it was rejected.

The absence of Haroun and Taplin, who is the fastest man in the world this year, leaves the event wide open with Czech athlete Pavel Maslak chasing a hat-trick of world indoor titles.

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Erica Bougard led after edging out United States teammate Kendell Williams by 0.01 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles but slipped to second, behind Katarina Johnson-Thompson after the British athlete cleared 1.91 meters in the high jump.

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