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Swimming in the semifinals of the women’s 200 free on Monday in Budapest, Canadian Penny Oleksiak was disqualified for a false start.
The 22-year old, who won a bronze medal in this event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, tied as the 3rd-best time in prelims of the event in the morning session in 1:57.22. After a number of high-profile withdrawals from the event or the meet altogether, including Olympic gold medalist Ariarne Titmus, Olympic silver medalist Siobhan Haughey, and Katie Ledecky, Oleksiak was a big favorite to win a medal here in Budapest.
Instead, in the first heat of the women’s 200 free semi-final on Monday afternoon, she was disqualified for a flinch on the block. Below, the flinch can be clearly seen by Oleksiak in Lane 5, wearing a black cap and a red suit. It does sound like there was a noise before the start, though on video it echoes in the distance.
Oleksiak wound up touching in what appeared to be a 1:58, 8th in her heat in a time that would not have advanced to the final. It did appear, though, that coming off the last turn, she may have shut her race down, perhaps realizing that she had flinched.
Oleksiak owns a total of 7 Olympic medals, including individual gold in the 100 free from the Rio 2016 Games, where she tied American Simone Manuel. While she is the owner of three individua Olympic medals, she doesn’t have any individual World Championship medals in long course, tending to do her best swimming in Olympic years. She was 6th in the 100 free at the Gwangju World Championships in 2019.
Oleksiak has remaining entries in the 100 free, where she’s the 2nd remaining seed behind only Australia teen Molly O’Callaghan, plus several Canadian relays. She already anchored Canad’as 400 free relay to a silver medal on day 1 of the meet, with a 52.51 split that was the team’s fastest.