Hungarian Relays Disqualified for Lineup Rule Violation

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A pair of Hungarian relays were disqualified at the Olympic Games for a violation of FINA bylaw, which mandates that all swimmers brought to the Games for relays only must actually compete. Both the men’s 400 and 800 free relays were caught for this violation.

“If an NOC enters relay-only swimmers for a specific event, these swimmers must sim in the heat or the final of that relay event. Should a relay-only swimmer not compete, this will lead to the disqualification of the respective team.”

The rule was just introduced this year, and this is the first time it has been applied.

Hungary would not have advanced to the final in either event.

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    But, hey, all Russian and Chinese drug cheats can still race!

Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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