Illegal kicks may have cost Oz gold
Fri, 03 Aug 2012 9:24p.m.
Australian officials are unlikely to appeal despite video footage suggesting
South African Cameron van der Burgh should have been disqualified as he beat
Christian Sprenger to gold in the 100m breaststroke in London.
Underwater vision shows van der Burgh performing three `dolphin kicks' at the
start of the race but, under FINA rules, each swimmer is allowed only one.
Van der Burgh won the Olympic event in a world record time of 58.46 seconds,
almost half a second ahead of Sprenger, who was delighted to claim silver.
It is understood Swimming Australia is aware of the issue but it's unlikely
they will take any action.
FINA doesn't not use underwater technology to judge competitors.
A dolphin kick, where both feet are used together, gives extra power at the
start of the race.
Former Olympic swimmer and Channel Nine commentator Grant Hackett said FINA
should consider using underwater vision to police the rule.
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