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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After a mistake by the Polish Swimming Federation denied Konrad Czerniak a chance to compete in the 100 free preliminaries a few days ago, another mishap has resulted in their men’s 4×200 free relay being disqualified after they failed to use relay-only swimmer Pawel Werner in the prelims.
The official report reads: “Poland is disqualified because the Relay-Only swimmer Pawel Werner did not swim in the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle.”
Poland went with individual 200 freestylers Jan Switkowski and Kacper Majchrzak in the prelims, along with relay-only swimmers Kacper Klich and Pawel Korzeniowski, who qualified to swim the 100 free and 100 fly individually in Rio.
The rule, put in place by FINA in January, states that any relay-only swimmer must compete in their respective relay or the team will be disqualified. This puts teams right on the edge of making the final in a tough spot, because if they don’t use all their relay-only swimmer in the prelims, even if they intended to slot them in for the final, they’ll get DQed in the event they miss out.
This is what happened to Poland, as they missed out on the final and hadn’t used Werner, disqualifying their relay. It was a somewhat puzzling move putting in Korzeniowski in over Werner. Werner would have likely come in for Klich if they made the final (Klich split just 1:49.52 in the morning).
This isn’t the first time it’s happened here in Rio, as the Hungarian 4×100 and 4×200 free men’s relays took DQs in both race after not swimming all their relay-only swimmers.