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Swapping runner tags not uncommon but can flaw race

Submitted by Denis Edward on June 16, 2011 - 9:57pm

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MORE can be done to avoid invalid winners in future races.

That is the verdict from an expert, official and runner.

Mr Frankie Lee, Chief of Events & Marketing at Singapore Athletic Association, said The Sundown Marathon was flawed because of tag swapping between runners - while its organiser Mr Benjamin Wee insisted that it is impossible detect it.

The eventual winner of the race - Mr Kumar Avel Thangavel - said the Sundown event was the first time he witnessed a winner being disqualified for it.

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