Aussie Bisset advances at world champs after dramatic race fall, Bol squeezes into final

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The luck was with Catriona Bisset and Peter Bol in Eugene, as the Australian pair both advanced in their 800 metres events amid drama at the world athletics championships.

After being pushed to the track in her women’s 800m heat, Australian record holder Bisset won a reprieve and was added to the semi-final field by the race jury.

In the men’s semi-finals, Bol was all but certain he had missed a spot in the final after running third in the first of three races, with only the top two gaining automatic spots in the final.

But the other two semi-finals were not any quicker, allowing the Australian to sneak into the final in eighth spot overall with a time of one minute and 45.58 seconds.


Bol now gets the chance to improve on his fourth-placed finish at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Peter Bol (centre) squeezed into the men’s 800 metres final.(Getty Images/World Athletics: Andy Lyons)

Bisset was in third spot and seemingly well placed to gain one of the three automatic qualifying places in the women’s two-lap event when the incident occurred on the final bend at Hayward Field.

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