It seems logic and the tide of public opinion has spoken: Genevieve LaCaze is in! It was announced Saturday that Athletics Australia decided to reverse its decision.
Last week, the University of Florida senior and Australia native ran the race of her life in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase. It was her first real opportunity to run fast, being that during the NCAA season she often ran multiple events or trials and finals. The only problem was that her Olympic A qualifying standard time of 9:41.15 came two days after Athletics Australia's artificial deadline for making the time.
No other females from Australia had qualified in the event, so no one's spot was in jeopardy. And the Olympic Committee had no issues with it. However, the ruling was essentially rules are rules and the deadilne has past.
After a public outcry on Facebook, Twitter, flrunners.com :-) and other social media, as well as encouragement from the president of the Australian Olympic Committee, Athletics Australia (the track & field governing body in the country) reversed the decision. The amendment was made to change the qualifcation period to end on June 22nd instead or June 11th, which effectively was the "LaCaze rule".
- Steeplechaser LaCaze to compete at London Games (The Telegraph)
- Queensland runner can qualify for Olympic Team after Critera Change (Courier Mail)
- Lacaze to join Olympic Team (Syndney Morning Herald)
- Steeplechaser LaCaze begs seletors to let her run in London (Herald Sun)
- Setting an Olympic qualifying time two days after the deadline may rule Genevieve LaCaze out of London Olympics (Courier Mail)
- Australia Today Show
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- LaCaze Milesplit Athlete Profile
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- LetLacazeGo Twitter Support Page