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Disqualified Tuvusa’s Second Attempt Failed

Disqualified Tuvusa’s Second Attempt Failed
Shane Tuvusa (right) walks back from the tracks as the re-run for 200meters final was held back. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
April 22
10:34 2018

Disqualified senior boys’ 200 metres runner Shane Tuvusa’s lone sec­ond attempt in laying his hands on either three medals failed yesterday when he stopped the clock at 22.29 secs.

In a twist of events, Tuvusa had initially jumped the gun but argued with the start­er and technical officials that the deafen­ing noise in the embankment was respon­sible for his break start.

Then the race took off after the officials disqualified him.

The race was won by Jim Colasau of Queen Victoria School at the time of 22.05 sec. Silver went to Melchizedek Katafono of Dudley High and bronze was picked up by Eroni Vosanibola of Lelean Memorial.

Natabua High School then lodged a com­plaint with the jury of appeal over Tuvu­sa’s disqualification.

The jury of appeal ruled that the race be rerun despite the fact that the medal pres­entation was already done.

The junior girls’ 4x100m relay was held up to have the 200m senior boys rerun of which Natabua High and another two schools took the track.

Tuvusa’s anchored his school’s 4×400 sen­ior boys final, the last event of the three day event. NHS came second to Ratu Kada­vulevu School.

While his teammates made their way to the podium to receive their medals, he made his way to the 200m starting zone to run on his own.

His time was the fourth best so he missed out on the medal.

Meanwhile, Oceania Athletics Associa­tion executive director Yvonne Mullins described the scenario as unfortunate.

“It was unfortunate for him to re-run soon after his 4x400m relay,” Mullins said.

“Technical officials had made their deci­sion to disqualify him when they saw him break the start,” she said.

“The jury of appeal made its decision but then it was reversed and he had to run alone.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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