- Ghana's medal hopes in the Men's 4x100m relay have been dashed following the disqualification of the team due to an administrative error
- The quartet of Sean Safo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati, Barnabas Aggerh and University of Ghana student, Abdul Rasheed Saminu initially qualified for the finals with a time of 39.05 seconds
- But the inability of the team officials to communicate a last-minute change to the running order led to the disqualification
Ghana's 4x100m relay team were dealt a huge blow after they were disqualified from the finals due to an administrative lapse.
The quartet of sprinters initially booked their spot in Sunday's finals with a time of 39.05 seconds - finishing in third place behind Nigeria and Kenya.
Despite grabbing one of the three automatic spots to the finals, Ghana's Men relay team had to bow out from the competition due to a failure to confirm a "change in running order at least one hour to the race."
The West African nation initially listed 200m specialist Joseph-Paul Amoah but the Ghana Athletics Association opted to replace him with Barnabas Aggerh to allow Joe Paul enough time to prepare for the men’s 200m finals.
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But it appears Ghana's inability to communicate the last-gasp change to the competition led to the disqualification.
According to Citi Sports, the organisers disqualified Team Ghana because they did not list Abdul-Rasheed Saminu as the anchor leg runner.
According to the competition rules:
"The composition of a team and the order of running for a relay shall be officially declared no later than one hour before the published first call time (the time by which the athlete must be present in the call room) for the first heat of each round of the competition."
"Further alterations must be verified by a medical officer appointed by the organisers and may be made only until the final call time. (the time at which the athletes are listed to depart the call room) for the particular heat in which the team is competing."
"The team shall compete as named and in the declared order. If a team does not follow this rule, it shall be disqualified."
Ghana's 4x100m relay team set new national record at World Athletics Championship
The quartet led by 100m record holder Benjamin Azamati finished fifth in the final of the World Athletics Championships with an impressive time of 38.07s.
In a video posted on social media, Ghana finished behind Canada, the USA, Great Britain and Jamaica.
Source: Sports Brief News