Calabar High’s Anthony Carpenter was forced to change his spikes minutes after he lined up for the Class 1 boys’ 400m semi-finals on Friday’s 4th day of the 2018 Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships.

The sprinter took to the track in a black and white spikes, but after checks by the officials, he was told he wouldn’t be allowed to race in it. He went back to take his seat while instructions were given to the other athletes, already behind their blocks, to keep warm.

Shortly after a member from Calabar’s coaching staff came with a pair of blue, white and red replacement spikes, in which he apparently showed some form of discomfort before the race.

One senior official when asked by this journalist, said that Carpenter was wearing “dirt nails, which is not allowed.”

These sink deeper into the track and are more common on dirt/grass cross country courses or on cinder tracks.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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