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Runner DQ’d After Suspicious Marathon Victory

An alleged 49-minute split in the second half of the race raised eyebrows.

An alleged 49-minute split in the second half of the race raised eyebrows.

A runner at the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon in Georgia was disqualified Sunday, soon after supposedly winning the race in a time of 2:55:39, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Race officials determined it was impossible for Tabatha Hamilton to finish in the time she did after covering the first 13.1 miles in 2:06:51. That would mean her second 13.1 miles would’ve been covered in 49 minutes, or at a pace of 3:45 per mile.

Hamilton told the Times Free Press that she completed the entire race and disputes the split, saying she ran the first half in 1:36:51, which still would mean she ran the second half 18 minutes faster than the first.

Before her result was disqualified, Hamilton had finished the race 27 minutes ahead of the next female competitor, Lillian Gilmer.

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