I’ve been back and forth on the disqualification of Ryan Lee.
See below for the link to the article I wrote yesterday. Initially it seemed the video evidence was confirmation that Ryan Lee cut the course. Based on the timing and location of video he was identified in, it would put him at that location earlier than possible had he legitimately run the first 10k of the marathon.
Then this photo came to my attention..
|Ryan is in the blue sweatshirt. He removed it later in the race.|
Someone sent this photo to Ryan’s mom, who shared it on Facebook. She says it was taken on Charlton Park Way. Commentors on my prior article stated that it was at Charlton Park and Hornfair. Through the magic of Google Street View, I believe I have confirmed this.
Key to this photo evidence is runner # 59621 in the foreground.
This runner started the race at 10:01 am, and the photo was taken at approximately mile 1.2.
If these runners actually started 15 and 1/2 minutes apart, it would be physically impossible that Ryan would have caught him by mile 1.2.
Runner 59621 would have been past mile 1.2 before Ryan even started.
Added this section for clarity:
I think London should provide more detailed evidence as to the reason for Ryan’s disqualification. At the very least it would appear that there was an error with Ryan’s start time. In my opinion, the most likely scenario is that Ryan’s disqualification was based on this bad data, and should be reversed.