If you were following along with the 2016 Victorian Open Championships, you might have thought your eyes were playing tricks on you when first examining the results.
During day 3 prelims, two backstrokers in the women’s 100m race were originally deemed disqualified, only to later be reinstated for the top two seeds. No specific details are known yet, but out of the morning heats, both Belinda Hocking and Madi Wilson drew disqualifications in the 100m backstroke event, leaving Canada’s Hilary Caldwell as the top seed.
Wilson had clocked a time of 59.84 for the only sub-minute mark of the morning, Hocking touched in 1:01.81 for the second seed, with Caldwell’s time set at 1:01.97. With Wilson and Hocking being reinstated, Caldwell gets bumped back down to the #3 seed headed into tonight’s finals.
Update: When officials returnted to the pool on Saturday, they confirmed that both disqualifications were overturned. Hocking was called originally for a false start, according to Swimming Australia, and they say that upon video review, that call was thrown out.
Wilson, meanwhile, was originally DQ’ed for being submerged past 15 meters off of her start. Upon video review, it was decided that she did come up before 15 meters. Wilson says the exact clocked distance on the video was actually 14.6 meters, meaning about 40 centimeters or just over a foot, measured based on where her head broke the surface as is the rule.