With 100 breaststroke gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics
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BARCELONA, Spain, July 26. UNDERWATER cameras were voted down today at FINA Congress in Barcelona after what looked to have been a controversial voting process.

With FINA finally deciding to eschew plans of allowing breaststroke to become what Ed Moses coined the "butterstroke" with more than one butterfly kick off the walls, FINA had the chance to truly police the stroke going forward by allowing underwater cameras to be used for officiating purposes. Today, that vote occurred and it was rejected.


According to FINA press commission member Craig Lord, "three sources said that the first vote -- a show of hands -- appeared to be in favor of accepting underwater cameras by rejecting the FINA top-table proposal not to allow cameras."

Lord further explained that FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu decided that he saw an even vote and called for another round of voting and after an extended period of chaos, it was determined that Congress had elected not to allow underwater cameras.

It looks like the swimming community will continue to have issues regarding breaststroke after the current system produced an Olympic champion in Cameron van der Burgh who admitted to cheating because he could get away with it.