Kyle Gale’s CARIFTA glory has been shortlived.
Following last night’s final at the Thomas Robinson Stadium, he was disqualified today after a jury reviewed his gold medal performance in the Under 17 400 metre dash and found that he had infringed rule 163 (3a) which specifically states that “in all races run in lanes, each athlete shall keep within his allocated lane from start to finish.
“This shall apply to any portion of a race run in lanes”.
Video replays showed that Gale, who was running in lane five, stepped on the inside line while entering the home straight.
As a result the gold medal now goes to Trinidad & Tobago’s Avindale Smith (47.54 seconds).
Jamaican Usain Bolt’s 16-year record of 47.33 seconds, which was set in 2002 in the Bahamas, also remains in tact following the Bajan’s disqualification.
In the meantime, Shanice Hutson has won gold for Barbados in the Under 17 Girls’ discus with a throw of 41.56 metres.
The three-day regional tournament ends tomorrow.