A moment of madness cost French swimmer Aurelie Muller a silver medal in the Olympic 10km marathon final on Monday.
The 26-year-old had been racing for almost two hours when, for some inexplicable reason, she pushed her Italian rival Rachele Bruni under the water at the finish line.
The two Europeans were battling it out to secure second place right to the death, but Muller was disqualified after Olympic judges decided she had deliberately forced Bruni under water in a bid to prevent her from touchline the board. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Gold had already been secured by the time Muller and Bruni reached the final stretch.
Sharon Van Rouwendaal, of the Netherlands, took the top prize after finishing with a time of 1:56:32.1. Muller, before her disqualification, came in at +16.6 behind, with Bruni a further 0.8 back.
Video: Muller dunks Bruni at the finish line
But following the incident at the finish line, Bruni was bumped up to silver while Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto took bronze.
Bruni: She sunk me
"The French swimmer has sunk me," Bruni was quoted as saying by the Mirror after the race. "At the finish she obstructed me and I could not touch the board. I am glad of the decision of the judges.”
However, according to the Mirror’s report, French swimming fans are calling the decision a “fix” - especially as it meant a Brazilian secured a medal in the process.
Muller is fairly active on Twitter, but she has yet to speak out about the decision on social media.
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