Hoppel loses appeal after incident at world championships


Midland High graduate Bryce Hoppel told the Reporter-Telegram late Wednesday night that he had lost both his protest and his appeal to World Athletics after Canadian runner Brandon McBride appeared to use his right arm to push Hoppel of two lanes in a world 800 meter heat race. track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Hoppel finished fifth in his qualifying heat with a time of 1 minute, 46.80 seconds, falling two spots short of an automatic qualifying spot for Thursday’s semifinal races. He also failed to secure one of the six qualifying spots awarded to the next fastest riders in six heat races who did not finish in the top three.

Hoppel said USA Track & Field argued he was hobbled and obstructed by McBride as per rule, but World Athletics did not rule in his favor in two separate processes — the protest and the appeal. Hoppel said USA Track & Field has done everything in its power to fight on his behalf.

“It’s tough,” Hoppel said. ” We must make do. Sometimes things don’t go your way. It’s hard. I’m in my emotions right now and all that. We will be back and I just have to take care of it.

The incident happened at the start of the first round.

After Hoppel was pushed to the side, McBride soon after slipped and fell to the ground. McBride almost knocked out Hoppel on his fall, but the Midlander was able to avoid him and keep running.

When the incident happened, Hoppel was pushed into second to last place, but he was able to recover and move up to third before the final stretch of the race.

Hoppel qualified for the World Track and Field Championships by winning the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championship in June.

The former Olympian finished fourth in the 800m at the 2019 world championships.

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