2019 FINA World Championships: Lilly King Disqualified in 200 Breast Prelims


American breaststroke star Lilly King was disqualified in the third heat of the 200 breast Thursday morning in Gwangju.

USA Swimming says they are still trying to figure out what the disqualification was for; note that video replay is in use at this meet to review DQs if necessary.

King won the heat, then turned at the scoreboard and reacted with shock upon seeing the DQ. According to the Italian broadcast, she walked to the officials’ table to protest, and was turned away. King was apparently not given a reason for her DQ as of shortly after her race, according to Rick Maese of the Washington Post.

King held the No. 3 time in the world heading into the meet, at 2:21.39 from May. The 22-year-old raced to a world title in the 100 breast, in which she is the world record holder and defending Olympic champion, Tuesday. American Micah Sumrall will represent the United States in the second semifinal after going 2:25.17 Thursday.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available about King’s DQ.

Update (10:35 p.m. EST): USA Swimming was reportedly told that King was DQ’d for a non-simultaneous touch on the first turn.

Here’s a look at the turn in question:

The screen grab below was taken when King (lane 4) appeared to first touch the wall, from the view of the broadcast:

Update (10:45 p.m. EST): USA Swimming says the results “are under review.”

Update (10:57 p.m. EST): USA Swimming has reportedly submitted an official appeal. 

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1 year ago

Anyone remember Miller’s dolphin kicks?

Reply to  Pkwater
1 year ago

Meee and I saw her double kicks very clearly with my glasses on!

Reply to  Heyitsme
1 year ago

yes indeedy

Reply to  Heyitsme
1 year ago

No her kick is clean from the underwater shots they showed. Same with her underwaters

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1 year ago


1 year ago

Sounds shady!!!

1 year ago

Ah here I don’t like Lilly king something just doesn’t sit right with me but cmon you have to tell her why and if you can’t give an answer it’s suspicious

Reply to  Swimirelandmemes
1 year ago

One handed touch on first turn reported would kinda like if they showed us the underwater cameras though incoming protest id imagine so don’t lose hope Americans!

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