Calabar High’s Anthony Carpenter was forced to change his spikes minutes after he lined up for the Class 1 boys’ 400m semi-finals on Friday’s 4th day of the 2018 Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships.

The sprinter took to the track in a black and white spikes, but after checks by the officials, he was told he wouldn’t be allowed to race in it. He went back to take his seat while instructions were given to the other athletes, already behind their blocks, to keep warm.

Shortly after a member from Calabar’s coaching staff came with a pair of blue, white and red replacement spikes, in which he apparently showed some form of discomfort before the race.

One senior official when asked by this journalist, said that Carpenter was wearing “dirt nails, which is not allowed.”

These sink deeper into the track and are more common on dirt/grass cross country courses or on cinder tracks.


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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