Doha 2019: Appeal denied for Spanish hurdler hampered by McLeod

Thursday, October 03, 2019

DOHA, Qatar (AP) —Spanish hurdler Orlando Ortega will not get a re-race after being slowed down by a flailing Omar McLeod over the last few metres of the 110 hurdles at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The appeals jury said it agreed that Ortega had been impeded when McLeod started falling, but it denied the appeal because it said that sort of contact is not unusual in hurdles events.

Spain had asked for a re-race or for Ortega to be allowed to run the race alone against the clock. Short of that, the country asked for Ortega to be awarded a bronze medal because it claimed he was in third when McLeod started falling.

Grant Holloway won the gold medal and wasn't affected by the contact.