Anderson should have been awarded gold too... Experts say

July 17, 2018
Britany Anderson bites into her silver medal after her second place finish in the 100m hurdles at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Photos/Collin Reid courtesy Alliance Mastercard, Courts, Supreme Ventures, GraceKennedy and JN

Track and field experts, Hubert Lawrence and Bruce James, believe Brittany Anderson should have been awarded a gold medal after a dead-heat with American, Tia Jones, in the girls 100m hurdles on the final day of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Sunday.

Anderson clocked a personal best of 13.01 seconds, the same as Jones, but finished tied with the American, who was awarded the gold medal after the race was querried.

Lawrence, who has been covering track and field since the early 1980's, said it appears to be an 'unwritten' policy of the IAAF to not share gold medals in track events at major championships. However, he says if it is a tie, it should be ruled as a tie.

"In '82' Allan Wells and Mike McFarlane tied in the Commonwealth 200m and since that the IAAF tried to avoid first place ties in running events.

"(Edwin) Moses and Danny Harris in 1987, (Merlene) Ottey, (Gail) Devers in 1993, VCB (Veronica Campbell-Brown) and Laurel Williams 2007 were dead heat. But while they allow ties for second and third in running events, there is a rule that tells how to handle it, but I can't recall any ties for first place, so it's sort of unwritten policy," he said.

Lawrence thought Anderson had a very good case for a protest as most persons who end up on the losing end in dead heat races. However, he does not see the IAAF changing their stance anytime soon.

NO TIES ON BIG STAGE

"All these races were incredibly close. In all these cases the person who came second could be aggrieved. Jamaica went to protest and they did everything to defend gold for Brittany. But ties don't happen often at big championships in a running event. It is always in favour of one person since 1982," he said.

Bruce James, president of MVP track club, said based on IAAF rule 167, Anderson and Jones should have shared the gold.

"The IAAF rule 167 says if you have a tie in time at a hundredth of a second, take it to thousandth of a second. If you take it to a thousandth and it is still tied, then it should remain a tie," he said.

"It's very hard to get a tie in track and field but there was another tie at this championship in the boys high jump and it stayed a tie for first place. They didn't change anything, there was no jump-off, nothing to break the tie," he said.

But Lawrence reiterated that there have been ties for second and third place track events and for first place in field events, but that's not the case for track events.

"Should the rule change, let's see. But if they are dead level, it's a tie. If they go in and look at a big picture and a photo finish experts see some part of Jones ahead of Anderson, presumably that's what happened. But there has been no ties since 82," he stated.

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