Gemmell DQ* Leaves Weertman Winner of Men’s 10K At Open Water Nationals

An untimely disqualification on first finisher Andrew Gemmell pushed Dutch swimmer Ferry Weertman to the top of the standings in the men’s 10K at the 2016 U.S. Open Water Nationals.

(*Update: USA Swimming has overturned Gemmell’s DQ and reinstated him as national champion. You can read more about it here.)

Full men’s results

Gemmell originally finished the race as the unofficial national champion, but a tweet from USA Swimming Live suggested he may have been disqualified for a time chip falling off during his race. The full saga as told by the USA Swimming twitter account:

Weertman was the silver medalist at last summer’s World Championships, and won this race in 1:53:55.111, just four tenths ahead of Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli (1:53:55.569). Mellouli, competing for Mission Viejo, is the reigning Olympic champ in the event.

The top American finisher was Alex Meyer of Tennessee Aquatics at 1:53:57.401. Meyer also finished 3rd at Open Water Nationals last year, missing a shot at an Olympic berth by just a few thousandths of a second. Sean Ryan, who beat out Meyer for that spot in 2015, was 8th overall in 1:54:12.252.

You can view the full finish order below:

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Question

how is losing a timing chip a DQ?

Human Ambition

Cause of the rules. If losing a chip we’re supposed to get a new one from an official in a boat. Chips are usually very hard to lose.

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Where can I find results for all participants?

Coach

Requesting a Sid Cassidy interview to explain what the heck just happened

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