Tokyo Olympics 2020: New Zealand hurdler Portia Bing disqualified from World Championships

Portia Bing has been disqualified after qualifying for the semi-final of the 400m hurdles at the 2019 IAAF World Championships. 

The Kiwi hurdler placed fourth in her 400m heat, automatically qualifying for the next round with a new personal best and New Zealand record time of 55.49, but won't be advancing to the semi-finals. 

Bing failed to clear one of the hurdles correctly. 

The Athletics New Zealand team is waiting for confirmation after protesting the decision.

The 26-year-old, who competed as a heptathlete at the 2015 World Championships, switched to the 400m hurdles in 2017 and has twice lowered the national record this season.

"It's a pretty terrible lesson in some ways but overall the performance was pretty promising," Bing told Newshub. 

"It's a bad way to learn a lesson, especially at a world champs but I promise you I won't do it again."

In the men’s high jump Hamish Kerr cleared the opening height of 2.17m on his first attempt and second height of 2.22m on his third. 

He missed his first attempt at 2.26m before having to withdraw from the competition. 

"I’ve sort of had a dodgy ankle for close to eight months now and we’ve just been managing it. It sort of comes on and off, and I thought that we’d be all good today but obviously not,” Kerr said.

"I’ve had a very long year. I think I started competing about this time last year so looking forward to a bit of a break, getting a few weeks off, then I’ll come back and we’ll start going into Tokyo."