Welsh disqualified in 200m backstroke
01 August 2002
Men’s 200m backstroke favourite, Australia’s Matt Welsh has been disqualified during the heats for a technical infringement.
Matt Welsh had his appeal dismissed
Men’s 200m backstroke favourite, Australia’s Matt Welsh has been disqualified during the heats for a technical infringement. Welsh was removed from the competition in the third heat, Australia apealed against the decision but this was overturned after review.
Welsh was disqualified under Fina Rule SW4.2, which requires a swimmer to be stationary prior to the starting signal.
Dr Sam Ramsamy (RSA), the chairman of the Jury of Appeal, said: “Having listened to the appeal, starter and referee and thereafter viewing video footage from all angles, the Jury was convinced that the referee had made the correct decision and the appeal was dismissed.”
Meanwhile the qualifiers for the final are as follows:
1: Simon Militis (ENG) – 2:02.46
2: Ethan Rolff (AUS) – 2:02.63
3: Cameron Gibson (NZL) – 2:02.76
1: Gregor Tait (SCO) – 2:01:51
2: Leigh McBean (AUS) – 2:02.54
3: Carlos Sayao (CAN) – 2:02.94
1: Ryan Beavers (CAN) – 2:01.22
2: James Goddard (ENG) – 2:02.62
DQ: Matt Welsh (AUS)