FINA Officially Ratifies Time-Adjusted Peaty World Record

While FINA has not updated its public lists of World Records yet, both the Russian and British Swimming Federations have confirmed the ratification of the World Records set at this summer’s European Aquatics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

For Russia, that was the 24.00 50 back done by Kliment Kolesnikov, which dipped under the 24.04 done by Britain’s Liam Tancock in 2009.

The other, more controversial, World Record ratified is that of British breaststroker Adam Peaty. Peaty was originally clocked at a 57.00 in the event final, but a day later, LEN announced that they had discovered a timing error that caused times in 5 races to record as .10 seconds faster than they were actually swum.

LEN simply added .10 to the results of evening rounds of 6 events:

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

The only rule that would have precluded from the swim from being accepted as a World Record, even having been accepted as the winning time by LEN, is FINA rule 12.8.

SW 12.8 World Records and World Junior Records will be accepted only when times are recorded by Automatic Officiating Equipment, or Semi-Automatic Officiating Equipment in the case of Automatic Officiating Equipment system malfunction.

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Oh wow, I am so thankful that Adam Ant’s WR is now confirmed. I will enjoy my Thanksgiving so much more now, and will wash down my dinner with a healthy dose of creatine in his honor.

Coach Coach

Won’t be there very long anyway


So, now we are just making things up as we go along?

Old Man Chalmers

Thats FINA for you, they said they could have let michael phelps swim at 2015 worlds (even though he was serving a ban imposed by usa swimming) because “we can do whatever we want.”

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