2015 World Champs Finalist Kanako Watanabe DQ’d in 100 Breast Prelims


Japan‘s Kanako Watanabe was disqualified during the women’s 100 breaststroke prelims.

Watanabe, who finished 4th at the 2015 World Championships in this event (only a hundredth away from bronze), is out of the race and has only the 200 breast left to focus on.

Though she wasn’t expected to be a medal contender in this race, as she’s much stronger in the 200, Watanabe swam a 1:06.43 last summer. That time, had she swum it this morning and not been DQ‘d, would have put her in the top 8 after prelims.

Japan‘s hopes in this race are not lost, though, as Satomi Suzuki swam a 1:06.99 this morning and will compete in tonight’s semifinals for a spot in the final tomorrow night.

It’s unclear as of the time of this publication why Watanabe was disqualified this morning, though breaststroke DQ‘s typically have to do with extra dolphin kicks during pullouts.

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She probably was DQd for not using meldonium


the brazilians did the same last night and didn’t get DQ …


It’s all about if the officials above the water can see it


More like if they’re competent..


I saw they DQed her, but based on what I can see in the US TV feed, I see nothing wrong with her start, either touch or either pullout (single dolphin, pull, kick, head up in first stroke). That left me wondering whether it might be pushing off on the turn more on the back than the breast. She would have just barely made the semis.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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