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Durban Marathon winner disqualified for under sporting one bib quantity

On Sunday on the South African Marathon Championships in Durban, Zimbabwe’s Isaac Mpofu received the race in a private greatest time of two:10:04, however was later stripped of his title for under sporting one bib quantity. Athletics South Africa (ASA) competitors guidelines stipulate that “all runners ought to have two bib numbers, one on the entrance and one other on the again.” His mistake price him $4,000 in prize cash and qualification for the world championships in July.

The beginning of the Durban Marathon. Picture: Athletics South Africa

Mpofu was advised by race officers that he was in violation of the rule someday after he crossed the end line in first place. “We got our race packs by the organizers and so they had been sealed, and we had been advised that all the pieces was in there, and within the morning we found that there was just one bib quantity, and we knowledgeable the officers, and so they knowledgeable the race decide, who stated we are able to compete like that and we had been stunned to be stripped of the title, as a result of we had confirmed earlier than the race and it was not our fault,” Mpofu defined to an area Zimbabwe paper.

The Nationwide Athletics Affiliation of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) introduced they’ve lodged an enchantment with the ASA following Mpofu’s disqualification.

The 33-year-old Zimbabwean runner, who represented his nation on the 2019 World Championships in Doha, forfeited $4,000 in prize cash, which was awarded to the winner. South Africa’s Tumelo Motlagale was given first place in gentle of Mpofu’s disqualification, overlaying the space in 2:11:15.

The disqualification leaves Mpofu’s qualification for the World Athletics Championships in July up within the air regardless of the Zimbabwean bettering the qualification customary time of two:11:30 through the Durban race.

Mpofu and the NAAZ are nonetheless ready for a response to their enchantment from the ASA.



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