Tokyo 2020 | The strange exclusion of the United States does not increase the chances of the Dutch runners to win medals
The Dutch national team, accompanied by Jochem Daubert, Lieke Claver, Lisan de Witt and Ramsey Angela finished the race in second place, giving them a place in the final. The time of 3.10.69 was also an improvement for the Dutch record. The best player in Vic Paul is likely to join Saturday’s final.
The most obvious mistake is dropping the wand instead of handing over the wand and sometimes substitutions are made outside the designated area. The latter happened to runners from the United States. An error occurred during the first switch, where Lynna Irby was incorrectly lined up.
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Irby was about ten meters away, quite far from the other runners. This caused classmate Elijah Goodwin to drop the wand too late. Punishment? disqualification. It is no longer important that the United States be the clear winner. The jury was stubborn. At least in the beginning…
The same jury blamed her by the United States for this whole story. The disqualification was protested, because Irby was allegedly escorted to the wrong starting point by an official. You could say Irby already knows where he stands. In the second round, Brazil and Ukraine looked more or less the same, but both athletes managed to position themselves well in time.
Because the American sprinter was referred to the wrong place – or at least misdirected – by an official, the directions say, the team hopes to be able to force a place in the final across the green table. That plan worked. If the disqualification had been halted, legend Alison Felix would have been denied the chance to win a 10th Olympic medal.
Felix tends to join the team in the final. The final is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 14:35 (Netherlands time) so the United States is “only” present.
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