Anna Cockrell disqualifies in Olympics 2020 from the 400m hurdles finals.
Anna Cockrell Olympics 2020: A. Cockrell disqualifies the women’s 400m hurdles final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday night.
News of her disqualification quickly took hold of Twitter because people weren’t quite sure why she was disqualified.
Cockrell made no visible violations, and the announcers did not explain her disqualification, leaving many wondering what happened.
The answer is simple: Cockrell stepped on a lane line during the race, while athletes must stay in the lane of it during the race.
NBC later confirmed the lane violation on the air after the live broadcast of the event concluded.
American athlete Sydney McLaughlin took the gold medal with a finish time of 51.46, and American athlete Dalilah Muhammad took the silver medal with a finish time of 51.58.
Charlotte native Cockrell qualified for the final after posting a 54.17 finish time in the 400m hurdles semifinals, finishing second, behind top-ranked Femke Bol, who had a 53.91 finish time.