Updates are available on a pair of stories previously reported this week at the World Championships.
American swimmer Annie Lazor‘s appeal for her disqualification in the women’s 100 breaststroke semifinals was rejected on Monday morning. After touching 4th in her heat on Sunday evening in Budapest, Lazor was disqualified for ““leg movements not simultaneous or alternating movement.” Her semifinal finish would have been enough to push her through to the final, but instead her American teammate and Indiana post-grad training partner Lilly King bumps up into 8th place. For her part, King, an Olympic gold medalist and captain of the US team, said that she hoped that the protest would be overturned, even though it would mean losing her spot in the final.
The lost protest cost USA Swimming 500 Swiss Francs ($518).
South African swimmer Chad Le Clos, meanwhile, is out of the entire meet after missing the 200 fly prelims on Monday. The (team) the manager has confirmed that he has a medical and has withdrawn from all his events. Le Clos finished 33rd in his first event of the meet, the 50 fly, and was seeded 10th in the 200 fly. He was also seeded 25th in his other entry at the meet, the 100 fly.
Le Clos is a four-time Olympic medalist, including most famously a gold in London 2012 where he upended his rival Michael Phelps. He is the latest big-name South African to withdraw from the meet, after World Record holder and Olympic gold medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker declined her entry, and rising star Pieter Coetze pulled out of the meet after testing positive for COVID-19. With those present South Africans, including Matt Sates, turning their focus ahead to the Commonwealth Games, the South African contingent is not expected to make much impact this week in Budapest.