Incheon: The first three finishers in the Asian Games men's 800 metres race were disqualified Wednesday as a new storm hit the athletics contest. Saudi Arabia's Abdulaziz Mohammed, Musaab Bala of Qatar and Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich of Bahrain, who finished first, second and third, all had their results cancelled.
The drama comes just days after Bahrain's Ruth Jebet was stripped of her steeplechase win as she was about to step onto the victory podium, only to be reinstated the next day. The Incheon Asiad's official website said Mohammed was disqualified for obstruction, while Bala and Rotich were penalised for breaking lane regulations.
Just after the bell for the last lap, Mohammed stumbled and appeared to grab the shirt of another athlete, almost pulling off his bib number. The ruling means Iraq's Adnan Taess Akkar provisionally moves up to take the gold, with Teng Haining of China and Jamal Haraine of Qatar leaving with silver and bronze.
Teenager Jebet's win was taken away because she stumbled and put a foot in the infield, but the ruling was reversed after officials decided she had gained no advantage by the slip.