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Posted: July 5, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Athlete Disqualified At Peachtree Road Race

From David Monti

© 2009 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

In an unusual move, the organizers of yesterday's Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race disqualified a top finisher for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"After further review of an unsportsmanlike conduct protest filed after the AJC Peachtree Road Race regarding men's fourth place finisher, Tadese Tola, the Atlanta Track Club has made the decision to disqualify Tola," said spokesperson Tracy Lott in a statement. "Fifth place finisher Boaz Cheboiywo filed the protest after being elbowed by Tola in the final 30 meters of the race."

As a result of the disqualification, all finishers below Tola were elevated by one position. Although this did not have a direct affect on the USA Men's 10-K Championship which was conducted as a race within the race, it did mean that the USA championship finishers were able to win larger cash prizes from the open purse.

Yesterday's AJC Peachtree Road Race was the 40th running of the event.

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