Danas Rapsys Shockingly DQed After Initially Winning Men’s 200 Free


One of the wackiest days of World Championship swimming in recent memory got a little crazier during the opening event of finals, as Danas Rapsys was disqualified in the men’s 200 freestyle after initially touching first to win the gold medal.

Rapsys charged home on the final 50, moving past Sun Yang to (appear to) claim the victory in a time of 1:44.69.

However, just moments after the finish, it was revealed that the Lithuanian had been disqualified.

The official call was for ‘movement on the blocks’, as he appeared. to move during the starter’s ‘take your marks’ call:

Rapsys holds Lithuania’s National Record at 1:45.12, and if the disqualification hadn’t happened he would have moved up from 15th to eighth on the all-time performer’s list.

After the DQ, Sun gets bumped up to gold in a time of 1:44.93, and Katsuhiro Matsumoto (1:45.22) of Japan gets the silver. Martin Malyutin of Russia and Duncan Scott of Great Britain, who initially appeared to tie for fourth, end up getting on the podium with a joint bronze in 1:45.63.

In fifth, Filippo Megli reset the Italian Record once again in 1:45.67.

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Swimming onlooker
1 year ago

Can this get any crazier?

Reply to  Swimming onlooker
1 year ago

Sun Yang just screamed at Scotts face in the podium. not bad for starters…

Reply to  takekoins
1 year ago

Huh?? Why would he do that

Reply to  Verram
1 year ago

I dont know if Scott said something to him before the ceremony, but it appears that the brit joined Horton in boicoting Suns podiums

Stephen Gomez
Reply to  Verram
1 year ago

because he is a level headed young man who has never acted rash or done anything remotely resembling entitlement or attempting to gain an unfair advantage

sarcastic eye roll

seriously we’ve got a major diva creating an international relations crisis. I can’t wait for his hearing

Reply to  Verram
1 year ago

Roid rage.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  fluidg
1 year ago

Shane Tusup has left chat

Man of Steel
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

Tusup had the roid rage without the roid muscles

Sun Yang Defender
Reply to  Verram
1 year ago

Sun Yang at this case did not do anything wrong…its clear false start and this is it…we give too much attention becuase he lost gold medal. If it was 34th place no one would pay attention.

Stan Crump
Reply to  takekoins
1 year ago

Looks like a lot of the men are trying to (and succeeding) get in Sun’s head.

1 year ago

So unfortunate

1 year ago

Horton probably at his hotel crying rn

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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