2016 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- December 6th – December 11th, 2016
- Windsor, Ontario, Canada
- WFCU Centre
- SCM (25m)
- Prelims: 9:30 AM EST/Finals: 6:30 PM EST
- Start Lists/Results
- Live Stream ($)
After initially touching second in the women’s 400 free relay final tonight at the Short Course World Championships, the Canadian women saw their silver medal stripped away from them after getting disqualified. Usually DQs in relays are because of a false start, almost always actually. But that wasn’t the case this time, as the Canadians swam the wrong order as was printed on the heat sheets.
100 free Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak was slated to swim the third leg, and Michelle Williams the anchor. But they flip-flopped, and Oleksiak anchored and Williams went third. The announcer was referring to Williams as Oleksiak, with Oleksiak clearly still waiting on the blocks ready to swim the anchor. The mistake is silly, though it’s not the first time. A few years ago the University of British Columbia men were disqualified for the same reason in the 4×200 free relay at the CIS Championships, forcing them to relinquish the gold medal.
Unaffected, the American women won the gold medal in 3:28.82 out of lane 1, with Amanda Weir, Kelsi Worrell, Madison Kennedy and Mallory Comerford combining for the victory. Worrell’s leg of 51.04 was particularly impressive, standing as the fastest in the field.
Jumping over the Canadians who clocked 3:29.62 before being disqualified was Italy (3:30.28) and the Netherlands (3:31.10), who won the silver and bronze medals.