Top Edwin Allen High School sprinter Patrice Moody was reportedly disqualified after winning her semi-final of the Class One Girls 200m. Moody was one of the favourites to win the event especially after defeating top contenders Ashley Williams of Holmwood Technical High and defending champion Natalliah Whyte of St. Jago High in a very tough semi-final.
The much improved Edwin Allen sprinter clocked a decent season leading23.56 ahead of Williams 23.72 and a resolute Whyte 23.86 after a prolonged stretch duel. She was disqualified after being deemed to have breached IAAF Rule 163.3 which speaks to ‘Lane Infringement’. Not ascertained whether the management of the Edwin Allen team had lodged an appeal.
This was the second major misfortune to hit the defending champions in the past two days. The school’s Class Four sprint relay team which was highly fancied to win the gold medal missed out on the finals scheduled for Saturday after disaster struck on the 3rd exchange.
The rule (163.3) states:
(a) in all races run in lanes, each athlete shall keep within his allocated lane from start to finish. this shall also apply to any portion of a race run in lanes.
(b) in all races (or any part of races) not run in lanes, an athlete running on a bend, on the outer half of the track as per Rule 162.10, or on any curved part of the diversion from the track for the steeplechase water jump, shall not step or run on or inside the kerb or line marking the applicable border (the inside of the track, the outer half of the track, or any curved part of the diversion from the track for the steeplechase water jump). except as stated in Rule 163.4, if the Referee is satisfied, on the report of a Judge or umpire or otherwise, that an athlete has infringed this Rule, he shall be disqualified.