The United States’ disqualification in the 800 meter free relay from Wednesday evening’s session at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada has been overturned.
USA Swimming did not immediately respond for an explanation on what ground the appeal was made, but the result is a restored silver medal for the Americans – saving them from a first-ever no-podium in the event in Pan Ams history.
The team was originally disqualified from the event because swimmer Michael Weiss taped the left middle and ring fingers together, which is a violation of FINA rule 10.8 if not approved by the FINA Medical Committee.
The appeal will bump the Canadians down to a bronze medal and takes Venezuela off of the podium after what appeared to be a second-straight bronze medal in the event on Wednesday evening.
The American splits:
- Michael Weiss – 1:48.39
- Michael Klueh – 1:48.26
- Gunnar Bentz – 1:47.90
- Darian Townsend – 1:47.55
The Americans wound up placing 2nd behind Brazil, who broke the Pan American Games Record with a 7:11.15.