The U.S. men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team swam out of order in winning the Pan Pacific Championships title, resulting in one of the stranger disqualifications in major international swimming.
Caeleb Dressel, Zach Apple, Blake Pieroni and Nathan Adrian originally combined to win the race in Tokyo on Saturday by .35 over Brazil.
Later, it was ruled that Apple and Pieroni swam each other’s legs, taking the Americans out of the medals and upgrading Brazil to gold.
The start list had a U.S. order of Dressel, Pieroni, Apple and Adrian.
Relay DQs happen, but they are often for a swimmer taking off too early on a relay exchange.
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