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I’ve said this time and time again.
For the indoor 400 meters, you have to get out quick to be in front at the 150 meter break, and then just relax. If they pass you on the last 50 meters, so be it.
The 2010 World Indoor Championships at Doha was a clinic on how to run an indoor 400 meters. Of course, that clinic was held by Chris Brown of Bahamas in a “slow” 45.96. He gets out fast, relaxed, and wins the gold medal.
He had one job.
We’ve already seen low 45’s by Torrin Lawrence, as well as my pre-race favorite David Gillick of Ireland who already ran a 45.52 last month.
But behind the scenes was another story.
With 75 meters to go, David Gillick tries to pass Bershawn Jackson but Jackson starts swinging wide into lane 2. You can clearly see in the video that he is stepping on the line of Lane 2. Gillick sees this opportunity and tries to sneak in lane 1. Some bumping and shoving occurs between the two which resulted in a Gillick disqualification from rule 163.2 “obstruction”.
Watch the YouTube video below and look at the total disgust and anger in Gillick’s face after he crosses the finish line.
Should Gillick have been DQ’ed? It looks like Jackson tried to cut back into lane 1 after he realized he was getting passed.
The race starts at 3:15 of the video. There is no sound.