The Great Britain ran very well in the second heat of the men’s 4X400 meter relay in Rio 2016 Olympic Games today. It completed the race in first place in the second heat with Rooney reached the finish line by overtaking another runner. Unfortunately, now the team has been disqualified from the men’s 4×400 meter relay.
After the disqualification of the Great Britain team, Brazil has earned a spot in the final race along with seven other nations. Indian men’s 4×400 meter relay team, which was placed in seventh place in the second heat, has also been disqualified.
Now, Jamaica leads the table in the final standings with its 2:58.29 time and United States is in second place with its 2:58.38 time. Belgium, Botswana, Poland, Bahamas, Cuba and Brazil will contest against each other in the final race of this segment.
The reason for the disqualification is not available yet.
Martyn Rooney had one foot outside of the lane before the final change-over.
BBC commenatator Steve Cram said: “We have been told it is a rule where you cannot start running outside of the zone.
“Martyn Rooney had one foot outside of the line. Whether the judges had decided he had started running because of that, it would be incredibly harsh.”
Martyn Rooney, Matthew Hudson-Smith, Delano Williams and Nigel Levine were the participants in the competition.
Great Britain failed in appeal too. The team got disqualified and it has since been a disappointment. Being dubbed as one of the most harsh decision in Olympics history. The 4X400 meter relay TV replays show that there was no error in the run. The disqualification was uncalled for. But since morning, GB players have been in grief. Their appeal to association has alos been rejected. Devastated at this, players of Team GB are unhappy.
Stay tuned for more updates.