National Paralympic athlete Siti Noor Iasah Mohamad Ariffin’s appeal to review the results of the Rio Paralympics women’s T20 (intellectual disability) 400m final was rejected by a panel of jury.
Siti Noor had submitted an appeal against her fourth place finish in the 400m final at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro after world record holder Barbara Niewiedzial from Poland who was in fourth place initially dived at the finishing line to snatch the bronze medal after a photo-finish decision.
National Paralympic head coach for athletics R. Jaganathan said after the results were announced, a protest was lodged but the jury ruled in favour of the Polish athlete after viewing the photo finish.
“I did my best and satisfied with my performance. I was ahead of her (Niewiedzial) in the first 200m and was still ahead in the final 100m while heading towards the finishing line.
“However, I didn’t realise she would dive from behind me to snatch third place. Maybe different people have different tactics to win but that was not a deserving win,” the 27-year athlete.
Despite the disappointment, Siti Noor can still walk tall since her time of 58.55 seconds had bettered her own Asian Paralympics record of 58.96s which she had set yesterday.
The gold medal was won by Breanna Clark from the United States with a time of 57.79s; just 0.01s slower than the world record of 57.78s held by Niewiedzial, while Natalia Iezlovetska from Ukraine won the silver after clocking 58.48s and Niewiedzial’s time was 58.51s.