Zola Budd and M60 runner denied prizes for not wearing age tags

Alan and daughter lost their finish smiles.

Think your bib number is no biggie? Ask M60 distance runner Alan Robb. He says he made no mistake, but organizers of the 56-mile Comrades ultramarathon in South Africa say he didn’t wear his age-group tag — and are denying him his $520 second-place prize. Race officials say tag “was not clearly visible,” according to local media. “I am hoping it is just a mistake. My daughter has raised it with them and they are looking into it,” Robb said from his home in Johannesburg on Tuesday. “If you have a look at the photographs of me running you can see the age category tag. Some of the pictures are taken from angles where you can’t see the tag but there are some where it is clearly visible.” Same thing happened to Olympian Zola Budd, now 48. (But she lost $1,000.) Zola was the first South African in the female top 10, and the first veteran to cross the line at Comrades. “She had been issued with an international number that had the age category tag on it,” said a report. “But race officials said a separate number had to be sewn on the athlete’s vest.” Hope this never happens to you!
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June 18, 2014

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  1. yves - June 18, 2014

    Do we have to doubt about Alan and Zola sincerity.
    I don’t know Alan but everyones knows Zola.
    What the importance to have age sews on T-Shirt. Comrade is not a 800M or 1500M. You will not win this one over the last 100M

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