Has there ever been a women’s 100 metre final this controversial and confusing?
On Thursday, when the event was held, Australia’s Sally Pearson was declared the winner. But within hours she was disqualified for a false start. Runner up, Nigeria’s Osayemi Oludam-ola was handed the gold medal.
But on Monday, Oludamola all but lost her claim to it too. The Nigerian became the first athlete in these Games to test positive for a banned stimulant, methylhexaneamine. She was suspended immediately, but a hearing in the evening decided she could keep her medal till the result of her B sample was known on Wednesday (every athlete provides two urine samples, A and B, for dope tests).
If the B sample too tests positive, Natasha Mayers of St Vincent & the Grenadines will get the jinxed medal. Putting her disappointment behind her, however, Pearson on Monday took the gold in the 100m hurdles.