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Disaster in the exchange zone: Chinese team bungles the relay

A bad situation gets worse as the Chinese 4x100m relay team argues over how to fix a botched baton exchange

Disaster struck the Chinese women’s 4x100m relay team in the event final in Doha yesterday, but unfortunately the runners made a fumbled baton exchange even worse by retracing their steps well outside the exchange zone, and then arguing about how to fix the situation.

It’s hard to imagine a worse result. In a race in which the winning Jamaican team ran a world-leading 41.44, three teams ran season’s bests and the Swiss team ran a national record (42.18), the Chinese team was disqualified.

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The action continues in Doha today, the final day of competition at the 2019 IAAF World Championships. It could be an exciting day for Canada, as we have Mohammed Ahmed, gold-medal winner in the 5,000m, competing in the 10,000m final at 1:00 p.m. ET. Ahmed has had six days to recover from the effort, and he comes into the event with a PB os 27:02, which is faster than all but five of the other men in the field of 21. Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia is also in the lineup, as is Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya, Julien Wanders of Switzerland and world cross-country champion Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda.

Mohammed Ahmed
Photo: Claus Andersen

Canada is still in contention in the women’s 4x400m relay final at 2:15 p.m. ET. The men’s 1,500m final also promises some excitement, with Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen racing against Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot and the US’s Matt Centrowitz at 12:40 p.m.

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