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2012 Olympics - Athletics Canada Appeals Nathan Brannen's Finish
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2012 Olympics - Athletics Canada Appeals Nathan Brannen
Athletics Canada appealed Nathan Brannen’s finish in semi final #1 of the 1500-metres based on Rule 163.2. The rule allows for the possibility of an athlete seriously affected by obstructing or jostling to be placed in the next round provided they complete the event with a bona fide effort.
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London - August 6, 2012 - Athletics Canada appealed Nathan Brannen’s finish in semi final #1 of the 1500-metres based on Rule 163.2. The rule allows for the possibility of an athlete seriously affected by obstructing or jostling to be placed in the next round provided they complete the event with a bona fide effort. We felt this was the case as Nate made contact with another runner and went down hard midway through the race. He got up and ran hard to place 12th in the semi final.

The jury of appeal looked at the video, it clearly showed that Nate clipped the heel of the athlete in front of him, went down, and then was stepped on while he was on the ground. That's where the damage to his leg and spike marks came from.

As a result of the video evidence the jury of appeal turned the appeal down and Nate Brannen will not be placed in the final of the 1500m.


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