NANJING: Qatar’s campaign in the second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing came to an unfortunate end with Idriss Moussa Yousef being disqualified on the ground of technical reason in the men’s 800m A final yesterday.
Early in the evening when Qatar suffered defeat against Norway in the bronze medal match, it had become evident that Yousef was the last medal hope.
Yousef perhaps knew it and in a hurry to get to the front-running group, he committed the infringement of the lane rule. As a result, though he finished sixth in the race, won by American Myles Marshall, the result of the Qatari runner was declared disqualified.
Yousef was pitched against a quality field and he tried his best to place himself in the leading bunch. After the first lap, he moved up to the fifth spot.
As the race drew to the close, Moroccan Mohamed Elamrani attacked and Marshall quickly shifted into higher gears, scotching his bid to come to the front. Then as the finish line loomed closer, Marshal accelerated and won the gold medal in 1:49.14.
He was followed by Ugandan Geofrey Balimumiti, who was timed at 1:49.37 for the silver medal. This was the personal best time for the Ugandan runner. The bronze medal was claimed by Ethiopian Bacha Morka Mulata with a time of 1:49.73.