UPDATE: Backstroke Wedges Now to be Used on One Setting For Night Two Finals After Team Meeting at World Swimming Championships

Italy's Simone Sabbioni was granted a re-swim after slipping on his backstroke start in the heats - twice. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

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It was originally reported that the backstroke wedges were not going to be used for tonight’s men’s and women’s 100 backstroke semifinals. After a meeting with the coaches, the wedges will now be permitted but only used on one setting.

A source told Swimming World: “Due to the issues this morning FINA said they weren’t going to be used … the nations protested and so they are now going to be used, but hung round the back of the blocks, so they will hang lower than normal.”

Many of the semifinalists include younger swimmers who have gotten so used to training with backstroke wedges that it would be a disadvantage to change their preparation in the middle of a meet as huge as the World Championships.

The men’s and women’s 100 back semifinals will take place during Monday’s finals session with Canada’s Kylie Masse and China’s Xu Jiayu swimming the top times this morning.

Notably, Italy’s Simone Sabbioni, swimming out of the final heat in the men’s 100 back, was granted a re-swim after his starter wedge malfunctioned. In the second attempt, he slipped again. He was able to qualify for the semifinals on the third start attempt with a 53.85 and placed 13th. Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter was also granted a re-swim after a malfunction and he dropped a second and a half in his second attempt, placing 16th at 54.03. His re-swim knocked Italy’s Thomas Ceccon out of the semifinals by 0.01.

However, 18 swimmers will go in the semifinals this evening with Hungary’s Richard Bohus and Ceccon set to swim in lane 0 in their respective semifinals.

Another backstroke starter wedge problem occurred at NCAAs earlier this year when Cal’s Daniel Carr flip turned on his starter wedge at the 50 turn after the official in his lane forgot to remove it after his start. Carr swam the race a second time and qualified for the final.


  1. Oren Malka

    Guy Gropper
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  2. Dee Carr

    Jack Carr an update!

  3. avatar

    Why can’t the touch pad have a textured surface on the middle slats and remove the wedges altogether?

    • avatar

      because that’s too easy of a solution.