Glasgow Timing Malfunction Changes Some 50 Meter Times at British Championships


The Tollcross International Swimming Center has had another Glasgow timing malfunction issue this week at the 2019 British Swimming Championships.

The timing malfunction in the first three sessions only involves 50-meter races. The times of those races have been adjusted to be a tenth of a second slower.

The same issue happened last year at the European Championships in Glasgow, affecting nine heats in that meet.

In that meet, Adam Peaty swam a world record of 57.00 in the 100 breast, which was then adjusted to 57.10, still a world record.

Peaty was again affected this week as his 25.61 prelims time in the 50 breast now is adjusted to 26.61. He swam 26.49 in the finals and that session was unaffected by the timing issue.

Peaty was understandably frustrated with the second issue at the pool. He wrote on Twitter: “Happens once then it’s a simple mistake but when it happens twice it just becomes infuriating for the athletes.”

British Swimming officials released this statement on the issue:

“During the morning competition session on Wednesday 17th April British Swimming became aware of a potential technical problem that was affecting 50m races in the opening three sessions. Since the error was identified 24 hours ago we have been able to run extensive tests and reanalyse all race results. A thorough investigation showed that this issue has only affected times recorded in the 50m races during the sessions on Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning.

Having carried out extensive tests to confirm the technical problem and with the benefit of the necessary expert technical analysis, we can confirm that all 50m times from sessions one, two and three were reported as 0.10 seconds faster than they were, and have been revised accordingly. Whilst we are extremely disappointed to find ourselves in this position, we are pleased that this issue was able to be resolved before the evening session on day two of the championships, and we are confident that there will be no further issues during the championships. We shall be working with our partners to carry out a full review of technical infrastructure ahead of our future events.”

The races that were affected were the men’s 50 breast, women’s 50 breast, men’s 50 back and the women’s 50 fly.

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  1. Dirk G. Winkler

    WTF… twice in a row on the world stage?!

  2. Neil Morgan

    If the times were 0.1 secs out, then why adjust Adam Peaty’s time by a whole second, or is this incorrect?

    • Julien Debris

      Neil Morgan he swam 26.51 in the heats and the time is adjusted to 26.61

    • Neil Morgan

      Julien Debris ok, in the article it said 25.61