Both swimmers who were disqualified from gold medals on Thursday night at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada have had their appeals heard and denied. Both swimmers were disqualified, by separate officials, for failing to make simultaneous two-hand touches on their breaststroke-to-freestyle turns.
For the Brazilian veteran Thiago Pereira, who had touched first in the men’s 400 IM, that means he missed tying Cuban gymnast Erick Lopez for the most-ever Pan Ams medals at 22.
Pereira said after his race that “maybe his hands weren’t parallel, one may have been higher than the other, but I touched….It’s not fair to see so much effort go down the drain.”
The result is his teammate Brandonn Almeida moved to gold (4:14.47), Canadian Luke Reilly moved to silver (4:16.16), and American Max Williamson moved to bronze (4:16.91).
In the women’s race, Canadian Emily Overholt’s appeal was based on “incomplete information” provided by the judge that issued the disqualification. That appeal was also denied, which left American Caitlin Leverenz (4:35.46) to take gold and the Pan Am Games Record. Overholt’s Canadian teammate Sydney Pickrem (4:38.03), and Brazil’s Joanna Maranhão (4:38.07).