RIO DE JANEIRO—Bonney Lake HS graduate Jordin Andrade (above/photo by Paul Merca) was disqualified from heat 6 of the first round of the Olympic men’s 400 hurdles Monday morning at Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, after apparently finishing fourth in his heat and advancing as a time qualifier.
Andrade ran 49.35 in a heat won by Kenya’s Haron Koech in 48.77.
According to the results posted on the IAAF web site, Andrade was in violation of Rule 168.7 which states:
“7. each athlete shall jump each hurdle. Failure to do so will result in a disqualification. in addition, an athlete shall be disqualified, if: (a) his foot or leg is, at the instant of clearance, beside the hurdle (on either side), below the horizontal plane of the top of any hurdle; or (b) in the opinion of the Referee, he deliberately knocks down any hurdle.”
In a text received by paulmerca.blogspot.com, Andrade stated that the Cape Verde delegation is protesting the decision.
More information as it becomes available will be posted.