Rebekah Keat has been disqualified from the Ironman World Championships 2009. As a result, there has been a change to the final women’s standings.
The following statement was posted on TeamTbb’s forum by TeamTBBmgr:
At 9pm on race day, ironmanlive suddenly showed Bek as dq-ed which was unpleasant surprise for all of us after a hard day of work.
At 9:30pm Rebekah, family and myself went to the race office and sat down for nearly 2 hours with the head referee.
They had counted 3 cards which we talked through step by step and have susequently been debating rules and these cases for long.
While all discussions happened in a professional manner it is clear this was a very emotional experience for Bek who had a real hard time understanding how this sitation unfoulded knowing she fought a hard and fair fight today on the bike then followed by a very hard battle on the run to get herself back into the race from 12th at the start of the run into 5th at the finish line.
TeamTBB has officially disputed the disqualification at midnight it was decided all should step back for some rest and we are sitting down with the head ref again today, the morning after the race.
We will provide an other update later today when the head ref has also been able to talk to the individual refs who handed out cards.
They now read:
1. Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:54:02
2. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 9:13:59
3. Virginia Berasategui (ESP) 9:15:28
4. Tereza Macel (CAN) 9:23:43
5. Samantha McGlone (CAN) 9:30:28
6. Rachel Joyce (GBR) 9:32:27
7. Joanna Lawn (NZL) 9:34:45
8. Sandra Wallenhorst (GER) 9:38:28
9. Dede Griesbauer (USA) 9:40:59
10. Tyler Stewart (USA) 9:42:41