British Swimming Makes Statement On Euros Timing Issue


As reported this morning, the Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) issued a statement concerning the discovery of an error in the configuration of the timing system at the 2018 European Swimming Championships in Glasgow for yesterday’s session.

LEN’s Technical Swimming Committee conducted an investigation and found that “the starting mechanism had been incorrectly configured prior to the start of the session which resulted in all reported times being 0.10s faster due to a configuration delay of 0.10s.”

As such, British ace Adam Peaty‘s 57.00 100m breaststroke World Record was adjusted to 57.10, while additional results of the races below were also adjusted.

  • Women’s 800m freestyle
  • Men’s 100m breaststroke
  • Women’s 100m butterfly
  • Men’s 100m freestyle semi-finals
  • Women’s 100m breaststroke semi-finals
  • Men’s 200m butterfly semi-finals

In light of the timing error, British Swimming has released a statement. Chris Spice, British Swimming National Performance Director said, “We support LEN’s vigilance in this matter and appreciate the time they have taken to make sure all times are correct.

“We want this event to be remembered for the amazing achievements of the athletes so it is important that the results are correct.

“We don’t want this to take away from Adam’s amazing performance which we all experienced in a fantastic arena”

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Sounds like they chose exactly 0.10 sec because it still doesn’t cancel Peaty’s WR. Really crazy to know that this can happen in a highest level meet :/


I’m not sure they could get away with that. Given RTs seemed to match up pretty perfectly as 0.10 faster than each athlete typically achieves. Give or take 0.01 or 0.02.

Swammer from Wakanda

The crazy part is he still came back in 30.3…

Ben Shapiro

I could understand how a timing system could register a time slower than what the swimmer posted. It doesn’t not really make sense how it could register a time faster, though. But that’s just me.


The .10 Delay was at the start most likely, because it said that he had a .4 reaction time off the start which would be insanely fast for even someone of his caliber.


timer probably started with a 0.10 delay after the start

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