Emma McKeon Tokyo Olympics dead-heat with Chinese swimmer under public control over replay footage

How Australia’s top swimmer hopeful ended up dead-heat with Chinese rival despite appearing to hit the wall GOOD in front of her in her Olympic heat

A dead-heat between Australian swimmer Emma McKeon and a Chinese swimmer is in the spotlight after replay footage showed her hitting the wall first.

McKeon was named as fast as Yufei Zhang after the pair were right in the 100m butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics.

The pair swam the distance in just 55.82 seconds – a new Commonwealth record – and the race was declared a dead-heat.

Replay footage of the final leg of the race appears to show McKeon touching the wall a split second in front of her opponent.

A dead-heat between Emma McKeon (right) and a Chinese swimmer (left, Yufei Zhang) has been spotlighted after replay footage emerged to show the Australian competitor to hit the wall first, finishing the race ahead of her rival

McKeon was named as fast as Yufei Zhang after the pair were right in the 100m butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics.

McKeon was named as fast as Yufei Zhang after the pair were right in the 100m butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics.

The pair (pictured, McKeon) swam the distance in just 55.82 seconds - a new Commonwealth record - and the race was declared a dead-heat

The pair (pictured, McKeon) swam the distance in just 55.82 seconds – a new Commonwealth record – and the race was declared a dead-heat

Former cricket legend Darren Berry took to Twitter to claim that the footage clearly showed McKeon winning the race.

“WTF seriously Emma McKeon clearly hit the wall for China how on earth can that be a dead heat?” He wrote.

Commonwealth Games gold medalist Meagen Nay agreed that the images showed one clear winner.

“Emma was clearly on the wall first,” she wrote.

Nicole Jeffrey added: “There’s something wrong with the timing there. McKeon a clear winner on the video, but gets the same time as Zhang.”

But there’s a simple explanation for why McKeon and Zhang took the same time during the race – she didn’t touch the wall hard enough.

The walls at the end of the pool feature touch-sensitive technology.

Swimmers must exert enough pressure on the wall to be able to register their time.

An official explained that McKeon gently touched the wall before applying more pressure a split second later, as Zhang immediately struck hard.

International federation FINA – which is responsible for managing international competitions in water sports – backed the timing system and insisted there was ‘nothing wrong’ with it.

Spectators quickly took to Twitter to claim that the footage clearly shows McKeon winning the race

Spectators quickly took to Twitter to claim that the footage clearly shows McKeon winning the race

An official explained that McKeon must have touched the wall softly while her opponent Zhang applied more pressure

An official explained that McKeon must have touched the wall softly while her opponent Zhang applied more pressure

McKeon will make it to the final anyway and had no complaints about the time recorded after the record swim.

“Until tonight when I was warming up I didn’t feel like I was racing, that probably worked for me,” she said.

“I had the feeling it was going pretty well. I was happy with the time.

“I didn’t really feel like I was going that fast, so I think that gives me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow morning.

“I knew the Chinese girl next to me would be quick. I saw her go pretty fast late last year. I feel like everyone is on an even playing field once you’ve reached the semi-finals and finals.’

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