Puerto Rican 4×4 team loses gold medal in W55 DQ at worlds
This is odd. WMA reports two months after the fact: “Following a protest made on the W55 relay result in Porto Alegre, that was not dealt with by the officials at the time. The matter was registered but not sent/given to the Jury of Appeal during the championships, therefore it has now has been dealt with retrospectively. Statements and official pictures show that the athlete from the [Puerto] Rico team had clearly infringed the rules of competition, and therefore a retrospective decision has been made and the results of the W55 4x400m will be revised as followed below, with the team from Puerto Rico being disqualified.” The new results shown Puerto Rico losing the gold and Britain, Australia and Colombia moving up a place. (The American team, with two W60s dropping down, went from fifth to fourth.) Also FYI: WMA has updated its world record lists as of Dec. 15, 2013. Porto Alegre accounts for 25 new WRs â€” 17 by the womenfolk. Three Olathe WRs are listed as well.
According to Facebook post Nov. 18 by British relayist Laura Mahady: “Team GB 4 x 400m team: Jane Horder, Averil McClelland, Fiona Argent and myself. Just received news that we have been promoted to GOLD MEDAL position by World Masters Association following the appeal.”