Olympic swimming hero Joseph Schooling experienced a initially gold of this year’s Southeast Asian Video games radically snatched away when Singapore’s dash relay team ended up disqualified.
Education, Quah Zheng Wen, Jonathan Tan and Mikkel Lee arrived dwelling properly apparent of their regional rivals in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the SEA Game titles in Hanoi on Saturday night time and celebrated successful gold.
But while conducting a submit-race interview the quartet’s elation turned to agony when have been educated they experienced been disqualified — simply because 1 of their swimmers experienced remaining his blocks early at a changeover — right before being ushered absent.
Schooling, 26, stunned Michael Phelps to win the 2016 Olympic 100m butterfly title and has gained 27 SEA Games golds, along with three Asian Game titles golds.
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The disqualification ends Singapore’s successful streak in SEA Online games 4x100m freestyle relays relationship again to 2001.
Malaysia finished 2nd but were being also disqualified for the exact offence which remaining hosts Vietnam to consider the gold with silver for Indonesia and bronze going to Thailand.
Malaysian swimming mentor Chris Martin stated official timing confirmed a single of their swimmers experienced remaining the blocks at a chageover .12 seconds just before the incoming swimmer had touched the wall, in responses noted by point out information agency Bernama.
Vietnamese swim mentor Phan Quang Minh Quan told state outlet VnExpress: “This is anything incredibly hard and sensitive in sport, but the digital device detected the violations, not human, so it is honest.”