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An appeal was lodged by Team SPAIN, claiming that their athlete Orlando ORTEGA was obstructed during the race and seriously affected, as he was third at the time of the incident but his progress was clearly impeded, making it impossible for him to maintain the medal position.

Team Spain requested that, under Rule 163.2 a), either the race be re-held, or the athlete be allowed to compete alone.

If the above request is not accepted, Team Spain request that, as a fair sporting gesture, ORTEGA be awarded the medal corresponding to his position at the time of the obstruction.

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod, who obstructed Ortega, was later disqualified from the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

“I am sorry for Ortega because I bumped him and he could have gotten a medal. But it is life,” said the Olympic champion.

IAAF
RULE 163.2
Obstruction

2. If an athlete is jostled or obstructed during an event so as to impede his progress, then:

(a) if the jostling or obstruction is considered unintentional or is caused otherwise than by an athlete, the Referee may, if he is of the opinion that an athlete (or his team) was seriously affected, in accordance with Rule 125.7 or Rule 146.4, order that the race (for one, some or all of the athletes) be re-held or allow the affected athlete (or team) to compete in a subsequent round of the event;

(b) if another athlete is found by the Referee to be responsible for the jostling or obstruction, such athlete (or his team) shall be liable to disqualification from that event. The Referee may if he is of the opinion that an athlete (or his team) was seriously affected, in accordance with Rule 125.7 or Rule 146.4, order that the race (for one, some or all of the athletes) be re-held excluding any disqualified athlete (or team) or allow any affected athlete (or team) (other than any disqualified athlete or team) to compete in a subsequent round of the event.

Note: In cases considered serious enough, Rules 125.5 and 145.2 may also be applied.
In both cases Rule 163.2(a) and (b), such athlete (or team)


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