Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen was right on Bix 7 winner Silas Kipruto’s heels on Kirkwood Boulevard during the fifth mile of the race and Kipruto felt Mekonen was making contact with him from behind. Kipruto turned and whipped backward with his right hand and may have made contact with Mekonen.

Mekonen, who finished eighth, filed a formal protest but after looking at video, Bix 7 officials determined that Kipruto had not done anything “flagrant.’’

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