Just prior to the race, he was seen arguing with the judges. He then continued to hastily lace up a replacement pair of running sneakers that were provided by the Israeli team, while the rest of the athletes waited.
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"The result was terrible. Terrible," the athlete said after coming in fifth in a qualifying heat with a time of 45.71 seconds.
Sanford, far left, on Saturday (Photo: AFP)
"I could have run faster, but someone stole my running shoes. I wasn’t supposed to run in these," he added, referring to his cleats. "It's terrible. I blame myself for not bringing other shoes."
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Sanford's result from Saturday's qualifying heat was his best this season.
Sanford spoke heatedly with organizers (Photo: Oren Aharoni)
Received alternative shoes at last moment (Photo: Oren Aharoni)
Nadav Zenziper contributed to the report