Andrade Advances to Semifinals of 400mH
Aug. 15, 2016

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil –
After initially being disqualified in the opening round of the men’s 400m hurdles at the Summer Olympics on Monday morning, Jordin Andrade filed a protest and won the appeal, therefore overturning the previous disqualification. The successful protest advances Andrade to the semifinal tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 16. He will race in the second heat at 6:42 p.m. (MT).

Andrade – running for Cape Verde – clocked a time of 49.35 in the sixth heat this morning which was good was fourth place in the heat. With the top-three runners from each heat and the next six-fastest times advancing to the semifinal, the 49.35 (the 20th-fastest time of the day) was good enough to advance based on time.

Andrade was initially disqualified under Rule 168.7 which states, “A competitor who trails his foot or leg below the horizontal plane of the top of any hurdle at the instant of clearance, or jumps any hurdle not in his own lane, or in the opinion of the Referee, deliberately knocks down any hurdle by hand or foot, shall be disqualified.”

The disqualification specifically addressed Andrade’s clearance over the 10th and final hurdle, but Andrade’s protest provided further review and the jury of appeals overturned the disqualification roughly eight hours after the conclusion of the race.

Andrade ran an inspired race out of lane seven. The 49.35 was just .11 off his personal-best time of 49.24 which he recorded last year at the 2015 NCAA Track and Field Championships, good for runner-up honors.

The performance at NCAA’s earned Andrade first-team All-America honors two years after qualifying for nationals in the same event for the first time in 2013. Andrade was also a two-time Mountain West 400-meter hurdles champion (2013, 2015), in addition to a 4x400 relay outdoor conference title in 2013, and titles in the 400 meters and the 4x400 relay at the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships.

To watch Andrade compete tomorrow evening in the second heat of the semifinal at 6:42 p.m. (MT), click HERE.

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