Monday, September 26, 2022

The disqualified swimmer stands alone on the podium, the gold medal reinstated

The Swimming World Championships in Budapest had truly bizarre scenes as the men’s 50m backstroke gold medal was presented twice, with the US national anthem played twice.

In the first race of the evening, Justin was disqualified after a video review for finishing the race completely underwater as he touched the wall first.

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His training friend Hunter Armstrong was awarded the gold medal by winning in 24.14 seconds. Poland’s 17-year-old Kesaveri Masiuk won the silver medal 0.35 seconds behind the start, with Italian Thomas Secon, who set the 100m backstroke world record on Monday, taking the bronze on loan.

Armstrong wiped away tears as he stepped off the stage after accepting gold at the medal ceremony earlier in the evening.

“I am very disappointed that my teammate was disqualified and hope that Team USA’s opposition will be successful,” he said.

His wish came after a jury upheld the appeal. Race went out alone to stand on the top step of the podium and receive his gold medal in the final medal ceremony of the championship.

“I realized that every single human emotion happens in a 30 minute period, so it’s fun,” Race tweeted Sunday morning.

In lane four, the race was initially decided to touch the wall when it was completely submerged, resulting in a disqualification.Source: Twitter
He later made a solo trip to the podium.Source: Channel 9

Sarah Sjostrom, who won the world title for 13 years, and Summer McIntosh, who won them by four days, both took their second gold of the week in Budapest.

Sweden’s Sjöström, 28, who won the 50m butterfly in less than 24 hours, added her 10th world gold in the 50m freestyle.

Canada’s 15-year-old Mackintosh defeated 16-year-old American Katie Grimes to win the women’s 400m medley.

McIntosh, who won the 200m butterfly gold on Wednesday, won her fourth medal in Budapest in 4:32.04s.

Grimes was 0.63 seconds behind, while another American, Emma Wyant, 33-year-old Katinka Hoszu, a Hungarian, was third away from the defending champion.

“I tried to push my body as hard as I could,” McIntosh said. “The crowd gave me so much adrenaline.

“I really felt my body in the backstroke.

“Katie is a top competitor, I love running against her because we’re in the same age group.” Sjostrom finished her sprint in 23.98 seconds, 0.20 seconds ahead of pole Katarzyna Wasic, with Australian Meg Harris and American Erica Brown tied for bronze.

The Swede won his first European title at the age of 14 and his first world title a year later in 2009. It was his 20th World Championships medal.

She said of her longevity, “Maybe I have the mindset and the hard work too, but I love what I do.”

Sjöström lost another medal in the women’s 100 m medley relay by finishing fourth to Sweden, which closed the championship.

“It’s been a busy four days for me,” she said.

“I guess it’s business for me too, I just go in and do my job I feel like.”

The United States won, anchored by 17-year-old Claire Curzon. Australia was second and Canada, Penny Olesik, with Sjöström in third place.

Sarah Sjostrom picked up more hardware. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Secon took pre-emptive revenge by swimming the breaststroke leg as Italy overtook the Americans, the defending champions and world record holders, in the 100 m medley relay final. Britain was in third place.

It was the fifth gold for Italy when Gregorio Paltrinieri won his third world title in the distance by swimming the second fastest time in men’s 1500m freestyle history.

The 27-year-old Italian moved at a brisk pace right from the start. He was at the world record pace for most of the race before finishing in 14 minutes 32.80 seconds and missed Sun Yang’s mark by 1.78 seconds.

American Bobby Finke was second in 3.90 seconds, with Florian Wellbrock third at 4.14.

Paltrinieri said he was inspired by finishing fourth in the 800 metres.

“I came in with the mindset that I wanted to destroy the pool,” he said after becoming the 1500m world champion.

“I’m 28 in a few months. But I’m just learning.”

Lithuanian Ruta Meilutite won her first world gold since 2013 when she beat Italian 17-year-old Benedetta Pilatto by 0.10 seconds in the women’s 50m breaststroke final. South Africa’s Lara van Niekerk finished third.

Meilutyte had not won a major championship medal of any color since 2015. “It’s nice to be world champion,” she said.

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