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Jones runs race, doesn’t hear false start

Haydn Gill,

Added 14 July 2019


Jonathan Jones will compete in the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday. (FP)

Barbadian quarter-miler Jonathan Jones endured the disappointment of running an entire 400 metres without realising that a false start had been called at the Monaco Diamond League on Friday.

While most of the runners in the race heard the call and pulled up within the first 30 metres, the three athletes in lanes 6, 7 and 8 appeared not to have picked it up and continued running down the backstretch.

Two of those runners eventually stopped but Jones completed the entire lap before throwing up his hands in disgust when he found out after crossing the line that it was a false start.

FloTrack reported that Jones was hand-timed at 44.6 seconds which is on par with his personal best time of 44.64 seconds.

The 20-year-old opted not to face the starter when the race was re-run. It was won by Steven Gardiner of The Bahamas in 44.51. (HG)


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