JAAA president wants clarity on decision to deny Brittany Anderson gold medal

By July 17, 2018
The official photo-finish picture showing Brittany Anderson and Tori Jones tied at the finish of the 100m hurdles on Sunday. Jones was awarded the gold medal. The official photo-finish picture showing Brittany Anderson and Tori Jones tied at the finish of the 100m hurdles on Sunday. Jones was awarded the gold medal.

 President of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association Dr Warren Blake said he will be writing to the IAAF this week questioning the decision to deny Jamaica’s 100m hurdler Brittany Anderson a gold medal at the recently concluded World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

On the final day of competition on Sunday,  July 15, Anderson crossed the line in 13.01s, the same time awarded to Tia Jones of the United States, who was awarded the gold medal. Anderson was awarded the silver medal. However, the official timing shows that both athletes had the exact same time down to the 1/1000th seconds (0.002), which according to the IAAF’s competition rules, means that both athletes are tied and that Anderson should have been awarded a gold medal.

According to IAAF Rule 167.1 and 167.2  "If the Judges or the Photo Finish Judges are unable to separate the athletes for any place according to Rules 164.2, 165.18, 165.21 or 165.24 (as may be applicable), it shall be determined to be a tie and the tie shall remain. If there is a tie for any ranking position under Rule 166.3 (b), the Chief Photo Finish Judge shall consider the actual times recorded by the athletes to .001 second and if it is equal, it shall be determined to
be a tie..."

It is against that background that Dr Blake said he is puzzled by the decision not to award Anderson, the World U18 Champion, a gold medal. Jamaica had appealed the decision at the meet but it was thrown out.

“It is crazy,” said Dr Blake, who said that the correspondence seeking clarification on the rule will be sent before the end of the week. 

“That is a question that I am going to have to ask. The irony is that same thing happened at the World Youth in Nairobi, the 400m race. Colby Jennings of the Turks and Caicos Islands and Jamaica’s Anthony Cox ran the identical time down to the thousandth of a second (46.77) yet Cox was denied the bronze medal.

“I wrote them at the World Youth about it, because they protested there and didn’t get any joy and when they looked at the thousandth it was the same and they can’t understand why. They said (IAAF) when they looked at it they could have drawn two lines between the two people. I said how can you draw two lines when they have the same time down to the thousandth and all their only response was that they could draw two lines. So this time around when I write I am going to ask them what is the criteria for awarding a first-place, second-place or whatever place.”

In the case of Brittany Anderson and Tia Jones, Dr Blake said, he didn’t see where the athletes could have been separated. “I didn’t see any double line or no double shadow but I will challenge anybody that if you have the exact same time you can’t draw two lines between them.”

Jamaica finished the championships with its best-ever medal haul – 12 medals that included four gold, five silver and three bronze medals.

 

 

 

 

 

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