Natalia Rodriguez disqualified, Maryam Jamal wins women's 1,500 at world championships

Aug 23, 2009 Full story: WQAD-TV Moline

Natalia Rodriguez of Spain was disqualified for tripping favorite Gelete Burka in a hectic finish to the women's 1,500 meters Sunday at the world championships, giving defending champion Maryam Jamal of Bahrain the gold medal.

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Geremew Tasew

Ethiopia

#1 Aug 24, 2009
I hope the athletics loving world is proud of Gelete Burka for she has shown such a wonderful capacity in leading the race from the beginning to the end though her vision was blocked by selfish athlete. All the athletics family and I strongly disagree that the decision given towards the hero Gelete Burka is not enough. Of course I would like to thank the Athletics committee who gave the quick decision for the naughty behavior of the athlete. What I want to explain is that if Gelete was not fallen, the Gold at most would have been to her or at least silver. Ethiopia as a country, the athletics loving community and Gelete Burka as an individual are disappointed by the incidence happened at female 1500 race. The damage to Gelete is not only failing to get GOLD, but also country’s pride, personal pride, economically (lost 60,000 UDS), and her health. As to me the international athletics federation should revisit the committee’s decision that will favor Gelete at least to alleviate Gelete Burka’s moral. She is one of the outstanding athlete and currently we are hoping that Gelete is one of the best athelete who is confident enough to do more in athletics and she the athlete assumed to follow Titunsh Dibaba in near future.If the right decision is not given to give why we are love to watch athletics? I guess the quick decision given concerning the 1500m female race yesterday was because of the fact that the Spain athlete has done foul to the athletics rule not fior being she pushed Gelete out. So the international committee should revisit its concern and justice against Spanish athlete to Gelete Burka.
The very important point to Burka was her strength that she could not give up the race and she continued up to end after seriously fallen down by the Spanish Athlete (whom deliberately did that great mistake, even I do not want to cal her name).
We are all disappointed; please we need attention and justice to be given to GELETE BURKA OF ETHIOPIA.

GELETE BURKA , More that 80 million people and the reset of the world love you so much. Keep it up. You will get GOLD next time but you should have to have JUSTICE right now!
Diaulos

Valladolid, Spain

#2 Aug 25, 2009
I don´t agree with you. The problem was that Natalia tried to pass between a very small space and, surrender, Gelete tried to block her.
Gelete didn´t have enough strong and, unfornunately she fell.
Natalia wasn´t gilty and nobody could see that incredible final.
It´s my opinion.

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