Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon winner Tabatha Hamilton disqualified for finishing too quickly

photo Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon runners are pictured in this file photo.

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Sometimes a major improvement is just too hard to believe, particularly when technology adds some cold hard numbers.

Tabatha Hamilton was disqualified as the women's winner of the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon held this past Saturday. The 31-year-old Trenton, Ga., resident crossed the final timing mat at 2 hours, 55 minutes, 39 seconds (gun time) but had crossed the mat at 13.1 miles at 2:06.51, according to the Chattanooga Track Club.

Race officials determined that it was impossible for Hamilton to cover the last half of the marathon in 49 minutes, even though she repeatedly asserted that she ran all 26.2