Athletics: StanChart marathon ’runner—up’ disqualified for non—race

SINGAPORE: Josephine Wang, who was the ’runner—up’ of the Full Marathon Singapore (Women) category at this year’s Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, has been disqualified.

The organiser has disqualified her as someone else had represented her in the race.

In a statement, the Singapore Sports Council said Wang has confirmed in writing on Monday of her non—participation at the run on Sunday.

She had passed her bib to another participant to compete in her place and has apologised for the inconvenience caused.

According to the event rule 23: "Participants are strictly not allowed to transfer their race entries to another party or change race categories after their registrations are confirmed."

Channel NewsAsia understands that there was no malicious intent in this case and any further punishment is at the discretion of the organisers.

Ms Wang’s race result is void and in second place now is Neo Jie Shi, while Qi Hui remains the champion and Angie Tan Si Qi is third.

Ms Lorraine Gan, event director of the race, said in a statement that the discrepancy was picked up by procedures the organisers have in place to verify prize winners.

She reiterated the importance for runners to adhere to all rules for their own safety, especially in case of any medical emergencies, as Race Bibs have information on the runner’s blood type and emergency contacts.

The organisers will also continue to educate and emphasise to all runners to strictly prohibit the sale, exchange and transfer of race entries in the interest of their well—being and safety.

— CNA/de