It’s almost too unbelievable but it’s true! The U.S. Men’s medley relay swim team was disqualified Sunday from the world championships in Spain after Kevin Cordes jumped into the water one one-hundredth of a second faster than he should have–and they would have been the CLEAR winner.
The rules allow for a swimmer to leave as early as .03 of a second, but Cordes jumped at .04 of a second as backstroker Matt Grevers came in to touch the wall. According to Yahoo! Sports:
After Nathan Adrian swam the anchor leg and easily touched the wall first, the U.S. team, which also included Ryan Lochte, celebrated their win. They then saw the disqualification. As France celebrates, the crestfallen Americans walk away.
Cordes was especially shocked:
“I thought I hit it perfectly, but I guess I was too fast,” Cordes said to NBC after the disqualification. “There’s nothing you can do about it now.”
Grevers tried to soften the blow:
“It’s probably my fault, actually,” Matt Grevers said. “It’s usually the guy coming in. It happens. It happens all the time. It’s unfortunate that it happened on the world’s second-biggest stage.”
Kevin Cordes took to twitter to share his disappointment, but also to show his humility:
Cordes, who is 19-years-old doesn’t have as much experience as his other teammates so he’s probably hurting the most. The good news is that he still has time to learn from it, and based on his tweet, he’s already growing from it.
What do you think?
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