News : The shameful readmission of the USA leaves Spain out of the 4×400
The Spanish 4 × 400 mixed relay will not contest the final of the Tokyo Olympics after the United States and the Dominican Republic, who had been left out due to disqualification, presented an appeal that has prospered and that will allow them to fight for the medals.
The Spanish team, made up of Bernat Erta, Laura Bueno, Samuel García and Aauri Bokesa, recorded a time of 3: 13.29 at the finish line, which is a national record, and entered the final with one of the two playoff spots after disqualifications in the first series of the United States and the Dominican Republic. In this way, Spain went from penultimate to fourth place. The first three of each series went directly to the final and the Spanish brand was only surpassed by four teams in the second series.
An intolerable readmission
After the claim of the United States and the Dominican Republic, the exclusion was revoked and Spain will not contest the final, according to the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation. An embarrassing decision, especially in the case of the North American relay. Athlete Linna Irby was clearly picking up the baton outside the designated area (clearly marked with a blue sign), but the US team has alleged that it was the judge who told her to stand there. “It is a great disappointment. Lesson to learn ”, said the athlete herself after the elimination.
Finally, after the requalification of the USA and the Dominican Republic, the 4x400m mixed relay of #Spain Athletics it will not be in the Olympic final.
– athleticsRFEA (@atletismoRFEA) July 30, 2021