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Jamaican athlete disqualified at World Champs

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2015 | 8:02 PM

Jamaica’s appearance in the World Championships 3,000m steeplechase ended disastrously, as the country’s representative Aisha Praught was disqualified.

Praught, who appeared in the first of three heats, was disqualified for violating rule 163.3(b), as she was deemed to have cut the turn to the water jump.

IAAF Rule 163.3 (b) reads: "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 violated this Rule, he shall be disqualified."

The 25-year-old, who switched allegiance from the United States to represent Jamaica, therefore failed in her bid to make it through to tomorrow morning’s final set for 8:15.

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The fastest qualifier going into the final is Tunisia’s Habiba Ghribi with a time of 9:24.38 followed by Germany’s Gesa Krause (9:24.92) and Ethiopia’s Hiwot Ayalew (9:25.55).