Disqualified Swimmer Gets Second Chance After Leaving Pool In Tears

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Rio De Janeiro: Miguel Duran Navia of Spain dived in too early in his preliminary heat of the 400-metre freestyle, triggering an automatic disqualification.

He slapped the water and hung his head on the lane line, realising he was out of Saturday’s heats. He sat on the edge of the pool, his hand covering his mouth. Duran appeared to be crying as he picked up his clothing and walked off the deck to a standing ovation as fans applauded in sympathy.

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Moments later, Duran reappeared and took his position on the starting block, having been given a reprieve. It appeared as if the fall into the water was ruled not to be Navia’s fault and so he was allowed to continue. He finished seventh in his heat.

 

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