19 YO Ethiopian Denied Milrose Games Gold After Unfortunate DQ

Published 02/11/2024, 4:35 PM EST

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The special highlights of the Millrose Games have always been the mile and 2-mile events. Previously, stars like Yared Nuguse used the flagship NYRR Wanamaker race as a platform and later became standouts. The Scottish middle-distance runner, Josh Kerr, is already on his move again to attempt Millrose Games being his season opener.

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But among all these, the 116th edition occasion attracted an ample amount of limelight because of the high number of American participants in the 2-mile event in the women’s category. In the captivating crowd of competitors, the fans wanted a healthy fight among those young guns. However, the situation could only go to a paramount position of having drama along the fence line. 

The Millrose Games witness a dramatic situation in the 2-mile event 

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On Sunday evening, the Armory Indoor arena held a plethora of final events. Among those hustles, the women’s 2-mile event had a different argument. Despite the presence of famous American mid-distance runner Nikki Hiltz and long-distance runner Alicia Monson, a certain teenager claimed the floor riding on her blazing form. Eventually, she ran at 9:04.39 to stay ahead of the pack. Even Flo Track’s X-handle could only write, “What. A. Race” after witnessing that fiery performance. But a certain announcement from the host clarified that the runner, Medina Eisa, underwent a lane infringement. 

That ended with a disappointing score in the Mary Beth Hogan Women’s 2 mile event for that Ethiopian runner. Eventually, the second-place-finisher Laura Muir was awarded the top position. The British female long-distance runner attempted the No. 2 position with 9:04.84 record timing. Eventually, Laura didn’t mind her neighboring runner’s early lane cutting in speeding her race. 

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The witness’s account of the fiasco 

When the starting whistle rang in the women’s 2 mile event in the Millrose Games on Sunday, Medina Eisa made a hurried start with kicking and butting. That eventually wronged the imposed rules and regulations. However, Laura Muir initiated her run from a neighboring lane and somehow she couldn’t take her eyes off the culminating error. But ultimately that didn’t give her any extra leisure to take watching her probable victory in the event. 

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After finishing the race, the 30-year-old runner tried to keep things normal by uttering “These things are normal”. However, the host didn’t remain by staying merely a spectator of the situation. After repeated examinations, the judges’ committee took away the award from the Ethiopian middle and long-distance runner and disqualified her.

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Prasun Chakrabarty

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Prasun Chakrabarty is an Olympic Sports Writer for EssentiallySports, who specializes in covering aquatic arena events. Post his experiences with popular publications including PinkVilla, Prasun began his days in ES, by actively covering two prime events - 2023 US Open Swimming Championships and the 2024 TYR Pro Swim Series. Prasun's coverage extends beyond the pool, and he takes specific interest in the progress of the triangular rivalry between track and field stars, Sha’Carri Richardson, Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. You can follow him on:-
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