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

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

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
2 years ago

Can this get any crazier?

takekoins
Reply to  Swimming onlooker
2 years ago

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

Verram
Reply to  takekoins
2 years ago

Huh?? Why would he do that

takekoins
Reply to  Verram
2 years 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
2 years 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

fluidg
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

Roid rage.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  fluidg
2 years ago

Shane Tusup has left chat

Man of Steel
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

Tusup had the roid rage without the roid muscles

Sun Yang Defender
Reply to  Verram
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Swimmer
2 years ago

So unfortunate

Ryan
2 years ago

Horton probably at his hotel crying rn

idh1909
2 years ago

Hopefully Lithuania appeal, however FINA is there to ensure Sun Yang competes and wins.

Jred
Reply to  idh1909
2 years ago

Why?

I wanted Sun Yang to lose, but this was the correct decision, whether we like it or not.

Dude
Reply to  idh1909
2 years ago

Lithuania money doesn’t fill the pocket book like China money

Mclovin
Reply to  Dude
2 years ago

I mean, its not FINA`s fault that Rapsys moved before the start. Had Sun been swimming the final or not Danas would have been disqualified fairly

Ervin
Reply to  Mclovin
2 years ago

Its not Rapsys fault that this is a stupid rule…up there with the Lochte turn IMO

dcswim
Reply to  Ervin
2 years ago

Saw this happen at 2013(?) US Nats in the 400 free. Conor Dwyer out-touched Connor Jaeger but twitched on the blocks and lost it all. The start is basically the only time you can get DQ’d swimming a free event lol

StuartC
Reply to  dcswim
2 years ago

or if you completely miss the turn and not activate the touchpad!

Lpman
2 years ago

Was Sun Yang yelling at Duncan Scott on the podium??? Anyone else see that???

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Lpman
2 years ago

Yes everyone saw that

It was on international TV

Kristiina
2 years ago

Not false start. What speak electronic reaction data system? I want see reaction times.

Kristiina
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

I want see reaction times.

Marmot
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

It’s abundantly clear on the video that he had movement on the blocks in the set position. That’s a DQ at the World-level every time.

ACC
Reply to  Marmot
2 years ago

Unless of course you’re Sun Yang and fully dive in.

anonymous
Reply to  ACC
2 years ago

The 2012 call was correct read the rules

TheRoboticRichardSimmons
Reply to  Marmot
2 years ago

Does anyone have a video? I’ve seen movement on the blocks about a half dozen times so far and the starter has correctly asked the swimmers to stand and reset. From what I can tell, the crowd is very loud and takes a long time to quiet. Unless it was a twitch right before the swimmers take off, I think a good starter avoids this issue.

anonymous
Reply to  TheRoboticRichardSimmons
2 years ago

It was not a twitch or flinch. He moved his back leg which would mean he had forward movement or propulsion from his back leg. It was right before the start. That is a DQ.

Marmot
Reply to  TheRoboticRichardSimmons
2 years ago

There is a video literally above the comments, in this very post’s body copy.

TheRoboticRichardSimmons
Reply to  Marmot
2 years ago

Thanks – I didn’t realize the tweet included a video. You’re right, he’s clearly moving right before the start, an obvious DQ. That’s really too bad because I don’t think he gained any advantage with that motion, as he had reset before the actual start. 1:44.6 is a great swim and Rapsys will be in play for gold in 2020.

anonymous
Reply to  TheRoboticRichardSimmons
2 years ago

Yes he is a great swiimer and will be in play for Olympic podium in 200 and 400 free.

Gator
Reply to  TheRoboticRichardSimmons
2 years ago

He did not reset. It was a false start

Wahooswimfan
Reply to  TheRoboticRichardSimmons
2 years ago

Rowdy said he moved and the DQ call was correct. In Rowdy we trust.

AGW
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

As an official.. that was a false start. The rule states the swimmer must be motionless. He was moving forward at the starting signal

Gator
Reply to  AGW
2 years ago

Actually the rule says “stationary”. It does not say “motionless”. It was definitely a false start though

William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

Damnnnnn… a full on physical fight almost broke out between Sun Yang and Duncan Scott at the medal ceremony, after Scott refused to acknowledge Sun’s win and abstained from the photographs. Sun confronted Scott, all up in his grill saying: “I am the winner– you are the loser” — tensions high to say the least.

working swim mom
Reply to  William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

And yet no one tells Sun his behavior is not acceptable on the world stage. If anyone doubted bias around Sun, watching him get aggressive with other swimmers and then no one keeping him in check highlights it pretty well.

anonymous
Reply to  working swim mom
2 years ago

Not getting on the podium after FINA has already publicly handed out a warning is also highly provocative and passive aggressive. No need for all the theatrics the case will be reviewed.

Blackflag82
Reply to  anonymous
2 years ago

Dude, did you watch the video? He was on the podium when Sun started yelling at him

John
Reply to  Blackflag82
2 years ago

Any link to the video for those of us that didn’t get to watch it live?

anonymous
Reply to  Blackflag82
2 years ago

My live feed never showed Duncan on the podium. What I saw was Duncan standing off the podium to the side. So yes that would be provacative and passive aggressive considering the history of Mack Horton doing this as well and FINA sent a warning letter. We all know that Sun has some maturity and personality issues to begin with. There is language barrier and cultural differences impacting the situation as well. Some of Sun’s anger may be because he is unable to communicate to Duncan what he wants to say. One can even make the argument that Duncan was not protesting but trying to provoke Sun into becoming angry and making a mistake.

Stan Crump
Reply to  working swim mom
2 years ago

Pretty sure some of them are baiting him first. I don’t like him either, but we don’t see that. You young guys won’t remember Don Schollander’s gamesmanship at big meets like this.

Shuami
Reply to  working swim mom
2 years ago

Both Sun and Scott got a warning from the officials. Both behaviors are not “acceptable on the world stage. Obviously the game officials are keeping both (including Sun) in check. I can only conclude that someone is biased.

Warren
2 years ago

Well done Duncan Scott. Can’t wait for Sun Yang to hand back all his medals, when FINA grow some kahunas

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Warren
2 years ago

cajones

EasternBlockChild
Reply to  Warren
2 years ago

WARREN, I agree with all you said…sadly Sun Yang continues to rob the hard work of honest athletes and he is allowed to do that. On the other hand, FINA has to take a look on what is going on and put it’s foot on the problem. The podium is not the place to disrespect other nations, swimmers, fans, etc. I totally disagree with the way other athletes protesting their point of view…not the place and time.

Anonymous
Reply to  Warren
2 years ago

Well done Sun Yang. Can’t wait for Scott to hand back his medal if Rapsys hadn’t broken the rule.

ALWAYS
Reply to  Warren
2 years ago

Well done Sun Yang. Can’t wait for Scott to hand back his medal if Rapsys hadn’t broken the rule. Sun would have his medal, and Scott wouldn’t have the qualification.

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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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