THE AUSSIES OFFICIALS DID WHAT THEY WERE OBLIGED TO DO ONCE THE RULE BREACH WAS FORMALLY BROUGHT TO THEIR ATTENTION BY 4X400 RELAY RUNNER TAMSYN LEWIS.
THE BRITS HAVE LOST ALL THE SPRINTS BUT THEY CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE WON THE RACE TO PROTEST HAD THE SPIKES BEEN ON THE OTHER FOOT. :rolleyes:
THAT IS THE NATURE OF ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN SPORTING RELATIONSHIPS FOR EVER AND A DAY. kk
Tamsyn’s protest ‘wins’ gold
By Jim Morton
March 25, 2006
AUSTRALIA’S drama-fused 4x400m women’s relay team emerged with a gold medal “by default” in a controversial end to the athletics program at the Commonwealth Games tonight.
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The team, containing sometime-feuding Jana Pittman and Tamsyn Lewis, finished second behind England but the result was overturned after Lewis made an official complaint of obstruction.
The result didn’t seem to please Pittman who was at first ecstatic when informed but then made a point of praising the England team, which had crossed the line first in 3min 27.17sec.
In a confusing and bewildering finish to the night, the Australia four was informed of the protest result when all four runners were speaking to the print media about their “silver medal” run.
:rolleyes: Pittman yelled: “We won gold. Yahoo!” :eek:
But, then with the England team nearby, ran over to her rivals to apologise.
“Oh my God I’m so sorry,” she said as she put her arm around England runner and friend Natasha Danvers Smith.
"As far as we’re concerned they’re the gold medallists and we got it by default.
"Ultimately they’re the champions but if we get it we’ve got to take it humbly.
“Look at it they beat us by 10m.”
But Lewis was adamant she had done the correct thing by informing the officials.
When the runners were sent out for the second change Lewis should have been second in line, according to placings at the 200m mark, but the England runner walked past her and took that spot.
“Everything happened in my leg. If we won gold its really sad because the England team ran really well but I’m not complaining,” Lewis said.
“I knew what had happened so (I) said something.”
“Relays have rules. As Jana said the England team did enough to win, but rules are rules.”
The seething England quartet privately felt it was the victim of hometown officiating.
Danvers Smith, who attempted to take her baton just after race favourite Jamaica bungled its second change, believed she had done nothing wrong.
“It’s news to me what they’re saying is, what Tamsyn is saying is, is that she was supposed to take the baton ahead of me,” she said.
"With Nicola (Sanders) running a blinding leg was she not second after Jamaica? OK enough said
“Whatever they want to say from now is up to them but as far as I’m concerned England are the Commonwealth Games 4x4 champions. That’s it.”
Pittman led off with an impressive run of 52.5sec before handing to Caitlin Willis. Lewis ran a strong third leg.
The pair shook hands and put their arms around each other as Rosemary Hayward crossed the line in second place but Lewis didn’t stay with the team during the “victory” lap.
Bitterly disappointed England head coach Brad McStrabick said his team was “absolutely gutted” but played down any complaints.
“The rules are the rules. It’s up to another country to decide if they want to apply the rules. Australia (has) done that and we’ve fallen prey to that,” he said.
“There were no real grounds of an appeal.”
Australia emerged from a night of relay fumbles and bungles and controversies with another 4x400m gold when its men’s team won easily, but then had to wait for the medal after three protests.
John Steffensen spearheaded the Olympic silver medallists to a commanding victory (3min 00.93sec) which was made easier when the Bahamas and Jamaica had baton change dramas.
The Australia men, anchored by Clinton Hill, won ahead of South Africa and Jamaica.
Steffensen, the 400m champion, led off with an impressive run of 44.71sec and passed the baton to Chris Troode with a slight lead over South Africa before Mark Ormrod and Hill finished off.
“I think my night was Wednesday. This is the boys’ night. How could I not be proud of them?,” he said.
“We really worked hard and we really wanted this.”