2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
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In the first enforcement we’ve seen of FINA’s new rule requiring relay alternates to compete, Hungary has taken a pair of disqualifications in the men’s 4×100 and 4×200 free relays.
The rule, which takes effect for the first time in 2016, says that any nation that brings “relay-only” swimmers to the Olympics must swim those relay-only athletes on the relay they were entered in, or that relay will be disqualified.
Hungary was DQ’d in both the men’s 4×100 and 4×200 free relays for not swimming relay-only swimmers – but the twist is that the nation didn’t qualify for finals, so the DQs didn’t have a major impact.
So in theory, had Hungary made the top 8 in either relay, it would have had a chance to swap out some prelims swimmers for its “relay-only” swimmers to remain legal in the finals. But doing so would have actually slowed down their relay considerably.
We can’t confirm who the relay-only swimmers were because in another turn in the story, FINA took all the “relay-only” names off of the latest version of the official entry lists posted on its website.
But an earlier list showed four relay only names on each relay:
Men’s 4×100 free relay:
- Peter Holoda
- Vince Pulai
- Bence Gyarfas
- Armin Remenyi
Men’s 4×200 free relay:
- Richard Narton
- Norbert Szabo
- Balazs Hollo
- Benjamin Gratz
Holoda did swim the 4×100 along with Richard Bohus, Krisztian Takacs and Dominik Kozma. Gratz did swim the 4×200 along with Peter Bernek, Gergo Kis and Kozma.
But the other 6 did not compete, leading to both relays disqualification. Neither team would have made the final, but if they had, it would have brought up an interesting conundrum for Hungary: swap out 3 of 4 legs for swimmers who, by previous results, were slower than the prelims team or swim the faster team and take a DQ.