Aurélie Muller DQ’ed After Winning Silver Medal in Women’s 10KM Swim


  • August 15th-16th, 2016
  • 9AM Local Time (8AM U.S. East Coast Time)
  • 10Km Race
  • Fort Copacabana Beach
  • Results

Full race recap to follow.

French swimmer Aurélie Muller has been disqualified from the silver medal position in the women’s 10km open water swim on Monday morning at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. We presume there will be a protest, but for now that moves Brazilian swimmer Poliana Okimoto into bronze medal position and Italy’s Rachele Bruni into the silver medal position, both behind Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands.

In the final sprint of the closely-contested race, judges ruled that Muller obstructed Bruni toward the finish and disqualified her from the race. While a dominant van Rouwendaal won the race by 17 seconds, the next three finishers were closely bunched at the finish.

If the result holds, it would be Brazil’s first medal in swimming at these Olympics after they went o-for-everything in the pool.

Muller was the only swimmer disqualified, though 9 other swimmers were given yellow flags, or warnings, for misconduct at various points of the race:

5:00 split 1 5 CAN
HORNER Stephanie
Yellow Flag
16:00 split 1 1 MAS
GAN Heidi
Yellow Flag
23:00 split 1 25 POR
Yellow Flag
33:00 split 2 3 JPN
Yellow Flag
37:00 split 2 11 POL
Yellow Flag
49:00 split 2 2 ESP
Yellow Flag
1:08:00 split 3 12 SLO
Yellow Flag
split 4 22 FRA
MULLER Aurelie
1:42:00 split 4 13 HUN
Yellow Flag
1:47:00 split 4 8 RUS
KRAPIVINA Anastasiia
Yellow Flag

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4 years ago

If this holds up it is a very harsh decision. The finish buoy was crooked and turned quite a bit forcing the swimmers to bunch closer. She may have blocked a bit but she was ahead and did have right of way in my opinion. The crooked finish barricade was the reason she had to come over even more at the end.

Human Ambition
Reply to  Tim
4 years ago

I believe the call was from the second attempt to touch the board wasn’t it? When Muller climbed Bruni?

Reply to  Tim
4 years ago

As a ocean swimmer I can say that finish buoys would never stay perfectly in place in the ocean for obvious reasons. It doesn’t really matter if its crooked, as you can see seconds after Poliana Okimoto had chosen to swim a bit more to the right side and she was able to reach and touch the panel perfectly.
There was plenty of space to the right for Bruni and Muller and no reason to squish each other over to the left.

Brian Page
4 years ago

Very unfortunate, to swim for that long only to be DQ’d at the finish, it must be heartbreaking. She swam a great race in rough conditions though. Awesome swim by van Rouwendaal!!

4 years ago

That was very unfortunate. And quite frankly, this happens all the time during open water swimming, but most of the time the swimmers are not disqualified. The rules are the rules and are there for a reason. Whether intentional or not, she did block the other swimmer.

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