After multiple DQ’s in the final of the men’s 100 breaststroke, clearly visible with underwater camera shots, went uncalled, the officials of the Olympics have decided to make their stand against illegal dolphin kicks on breaststroke: in the men’s 200 IM semifinal.
Austria’s Markus Rogan was DQ’ed in the semi-finals of the men’s 200 IM for an illegal dolphin kick after turning from backstroke to breaststroke. The decision seems to have been with the timing and placement of the kick, rather than the number. Though the call was protested by his Austrian federation,
it would not have mattered as Rogan’s time would have placed him only in 9th place and out of the final regardless. The protest was eventually denied by FINA.
Update: This DQ becomes much bigger after Chad le Clos scratched the 200 IM, which would’ve bumped Rogan into the final.
It was not an ideal ending to a fantastic career. Rogan won silver medals in both backstrokes at the 2004 Olympics, and has grown into one of his country’s biggest sports stars. He was honored this year by being allowed to carry the country’s Olympic flag in their opening ceremony.
He gave an indication that this was the end after the prelims, where he told Austrian newspaper Kurier that “I will fight in the semifinals to extend my career by 24 hours. I’ll beg, I’ll bite, I’ll fight and scream for one more day”.
Rogan has developed a reputation as one of the most charismatic personalities in sports. The 30-year old will certainly have an offer for opportunities in broadcasting, should he so choose to pursue them.