USA Track and Field’s appeal of the disqualification of the men’s 400-meter relay team has been denied, according to several reports.
The U.S. quartet finished third in the final on Friday but soon afterward was disqualified because of a faulty baton exchange between leadoff runner Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin in which Rodgers passed it too early. Jamaica won, followed by Japan. Canada, which had finished fourth, was elevated to third following the U.S. disqualification.
U.S. officials filed a protest with the Jury of Appeals of the International Assn. of Athletics Federations. The rejection of the appeal was first reported by Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated, who cited an official of the IAAF as saying all protests and appeals were rejected, leaving all results to stand. Associated Press also reported the protest had been rejected.
Four seconds is virtually nothing for a gifted runner like Gwen Jorgensen.
Jorgensen was a mere four seconds behind the leader, Mari Rabie of South Africa, in the bike-to-run transition of the women’s Olympic triathlon on Saturday morning.
Just like that Jorgensen erased the lead and surged into first in a matter of seconds. The only runner to stay right with Jorgensen during the 10-kilometer run along the scenic Copacabana course was veteran Nicola Spirig Hug of Switzerland.
Two of the U.S. swimmers involved in the incident with Ryan Lochte at a gas station in Rio early Sunday morning have apologized in separate statements that both assert that Lochte initiated a confrontation with two security guards at the business when he ripped a poster off a wall.
Gunnar Bentz said that the four swimmers -- including Lochte, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen -- stopped at the gas station near Olympic Park and urinated on the side of the building. At that point, Bentz said, Lochte pulled a “framed metal advertisement” off a wall.
Bentz disputed accounts by local police that the swimmers also damaged a restroom.
Ryan Lochte apologized Friday for his role in an altercation at a gas station near Olympic Park and for “not being more careful and candid” in how he described the incident.
Lochte, the 12-time Olympic medalist, initially gave a dramatic account of being robbed at gunpoint along early Sunday morning along with three other U.S. swimmers.
The story unraveled Thursday when Brazilian authorities said it was fabricated and the four swimmers instead damaged a bathroom at a gas station. They were detained by security guards, one of whom pulled a gun to prevent them from leaving, until the athletes paid about $50 in dollars and reals to resolve the matter.
Led by Usain Bolt, Jamaica won the men's 400-meter relay at the Rio Olympics, with Japan taking silver.
The U.S. initially was declared third but was disqualified because of an illegal exchange outside the zone between leadoff runner Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin. Canada was elevated to third, with former USC star Andre De Grasse becoming a three-time Rio medalist as the anchor.
It was the ninth time since 1995 that a U.S. men’s relay team was disqualified or couldn’t get the baton around at an Olympics or world championship.