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OPERATION MOSCOW: Wilson explains 400m selection technicalities

Published:Friday | August 9, 2013 | 11:13 AM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

MOSCOW, Russia:

Technical leader for Jamaica's team here at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Maurice Wilson, has clarified the situation concerning Jamaica's third entrant in the 400m, after it was confirmed that Omar Johnson would take the spot.

There has been speculation as to who would join national champion and A standard qualifiers Javere Bell and Javon Francis in the 400m heats, after third place finisher at the National Championships in June Akheem Gauntlett, pulled out of the championships.

Johnson, who finished fourth at the trials has only met the B qualifying standard for the 400m this season with a 45.50 seconds time, while sixth place finisher Rusheen McDonald, went on to record the 45.28 A qualifying standard at a meet in Italy, weeks after the National Championships.

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Wilson explained that the technical team had no choice on the matter due to Gauntlett's last minute withdrawal from the team and certain technicalities as it relates to making further adjustments.

"We have always tried to be very consistent in terms of performances and we have always tried to go with the trials results in terms of moving up someone into a particular spot," he said of Johnson's original replacement of Gauntlett as the third qualifier.

"Because (Akheem) Gauntlett made a late withdrawal, he was replaced by Omar Johnson before we left Jamaica. The (Johnson's) entry was already sent in so basically in that respect there could be no further replacement because the withdrawal of Gauntlett was a very late withdrawal," Wilson told The Gleaner.

"Even though Rusheen McDonald had a faster time, his time came after the (Johnson's) entry was already sent in (to replace Gauntlett) and the situation that we are in, we cannot make another substitution," Wilson further explained.

The men's 400m heats will get underway at 2:05 a.m. on Sunday (Jamaica time).

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