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England gets triathlon disqualification reversed

Gladstone triathlete Michael England received news this week his Noosa Triathlon disqualification had been reversed.
Gladstone triathlete Michael England received news this week his Noosa Triathlon disqualification had been reversed.

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE triathlete Michael England received the news he'd been hoping for when notified this week his Noosa Triathlon disqualification has been reversed.

England, who was second across the line in the men's 20-24 years age division at the Sunshine Coast event on November 6, learnt on the day he had been disqualified for ignoring an official warning and failing to report to a penalty box as competition rules require.

England, unaware of having received such a warning, had allegedly drafted another rider (using another's tailwind over a considerable distance) during the bike leg of the event.

Adamant he had not performed the act, England appealed against the decision, believing he had been the victim of mistaken identity and that an official had recorded the wrong competitor number when making his or her report.

England was later able to provide photographic evidence that another competitor had been given the same identification number, forcing Triathlon Queensland to reverse its decision and reinstate the 22-yearold to second spot.

The letter from Triathlon Queensland confirming his reinstatement to second spot, received on Monday, vindicated England's decision to protest.

'I rang after getting the letter and told them, 'You have no idea how it felt to rock up to the presentation and find out I'd been disqualified',' England said.

'The guy said he was very sorry for what had happened.'

For England, the decision removes any stigma attached to his performance and ensures his reputation is not tarnished.

'Some people may have not been bothered by it all but it bothered me,' he said.

'I'm not one to be put in that situation (drafting).'

England said he would soon resume training following the short break he took after the Noosa event, and would be keen to continue his impressive form when the competition season resumed next year.