DOHA (Reuters) - The Ingebrigtsen family’s dream of having three brothers in the 5,000 metres world championships final remained alive on Friday after Jakob, the youngest of the trio, won an appeal after being disqualified in his first heat.
The 19-year-old Norwegian, European champion last year in the 1,500 and 5,000m, finished fourth, enough to secure a place in the final, but was subsequently disqualified for “stepping inside the rail.”
But after an appeal by the Norway team, Ingebrigtsen’s result was reinstated.
“The jury of appeal reviewed the video and concluded that all three steps taken inside the kerb by the athlete were the result of a contact with another athlete,” organisers the IAAF said in a statement. “No material advantage was gained.”
In their appeal, the Norwegian team argued that Ingebrigtsen had been forced to step out after being pushed by another competitor 200 metres before the finish line.
His two brothers, Filip and Henrik, are also through to the final. Henrik, 28, won the European title in the 1,500m in 2012 and Filip, 26, the European title over the same distance in 2016.
Their compatriot Karsten Warholm, defending champion in the 400 metres hurdles, comfortably reached the semi-finals by winning his heat as did his major rival Rai Benjamin of the United States.
Warholm ran the second-fastest time in the event at the Weltklasse meeting in Zurich last month.
Despite the searing heat in Doha, the heats were run in pleasant spring-like conditions thanks to the air-conditioning at the Khalifa stadium.
Reporting by Brian Homewood; additional reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Ken Ferris