Lynsey Sharp disqualified then reinstated on night of drama

Lynsey Sharp and Charlene Lipsey of the United States battle at the finish line during the 800 metres semi finals at the World Athletics Championships.  Picture: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Lynsey Sharp and Charlene Lipsey of the United States battle at the finish line during the 800 metres semi finals at the World Athletics Championships. Picture: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
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Scotland’s Lynsey
Sharp was dramatically reinstated in to tomorrow’s women’s 800m final after an initial disqualification had left the 27-year-old distraught and in tears.

Sharp finished fourth in her semi-final and was waiting for the final race to see if her time would be good enough to secure a fastest losers’ spot.

However, she learned she had been disqualified for making contact (pictured) with American runner Charlene Lipsey at the finish line before the realisation that her time would have been good enough to get through. British Athletics appealed against the disqualification and, just under two hours later, that was upheld by the IAAF.

Scotland’s Chris O’Hare qualified well for the men’s 1,500m final, also tomorrow night, but Jake Wightman missed out.