Russian swimmer Vladimir Morozov, who was tied for the fastest time in the world this year coming into this championship meet, will be unable to contend for gold in the 100 free after drawing a disqualification for a false start in the semi-finals this evening at the 2015 FINA Aquatic Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Morozov was off the blocks noticeably faster off the blocks than any other swimmer in his heat, and the Universal Sports commentators almost immediately speculated that the only way Morozov could’ve been off that much faster than anyone else was by a false start. Morozov’s reaction time was a .47, which is almost two-tenths of a second faster than any swimmer in either semifinal.
The early start helped Morozov thunder down the first length of the pool. He touched first in 22.71, which was faster than anyone in either heat besides Nathan Adrian, and he hung on to touch first in 48.12. That time would have given him the second seed heading into tomorrow’s final, behind Australia’s Cameron McEvoy.
Morozov came into the meet tied with Canadian Santo Condorelli for the fastest time in the world this year, both with a 47.98, and he figured to be a challenger for the gold. In a somewhat ironic turn of events, Morozov’s disqualification allowed Condorelli to advance to the finals, as he would have been ninth had Morozov’s time stood.