Pool queen Kaylee McKeown directs a big ‘f**k you’ towards swimming organizers, after the Australian star was controversially disqualified at the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.
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Olympic champion swimmer Kaylee McKeown has directed a big ‘f**k you’ towards swimming organizers after she was disqualified at the world championships and had a possible medal stolen from her.
McKeown and Australian officials are confused by his disqualification from the 200m individual medley semifinal on Sunday night.
The judges decided that she violated the stroke rules when she went from backstroke to breaststroke, but McKeown argues that she did nothing wrong.
“I didn’t get to see it last night, but this morning I saw the footage (see below) and cried a little bit,” McKeown said.
“It was kind of an emotional roller coaster, but you know, it’s sport and it’s what happens in sport. Unfortunately, some people just get the bad hand and I was dealt that bad hand.
Kaylee McKeown has a stern message for swim organizers after she was disqualified
The judges decided that he broke the stroke rules when he switched from the backstroke to the breaststroke on Sunday night.
“It’s just a matter of trying to turn it into a positive and just giving the big F-you kind of thing.”
Australian head coach Rohan Taylor lodged a formal protest for McKeown to be reinstated, but it was rejected.
‘It’s done, they say no, they kept it. I don’t agree 100% but I don’t think it’s definitive. That is why we protest,” she said.
‘I’ve seen the video… It’s all about the angle. I said I don’t think it’s final and that’s what we’re protesting, but they said they’re keeping it.
‘At the end of the day, those are the rules. They have that in place, they don’t want you to go past 90 degrees. I don’t agree, but the rules are the rules.
They have cameras in every lane. That’s why it’s taking so long in the qualifiers, because they’re going through everything, looking at things.
‘It’s absolutely going to be the world we live in now. That’s where it’s going to be… She’ll learn from it. She has to move on to the next thing.
McKeown says her disqualification from the medley has only fueled her motivation to win more races, including her favorite event – the 100m backstroke.
McKeown says his disqualification from the event has only fueled his motivation
McKeown was pictured giving her sister Taylor the middle finger after winning silver in the 200m medley at the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
It doesn’t happen. Unfortunately it’s something I have to learn from. We have pictures and other angles that say the opposite of what the officials saw.
‘You have to go with what they’re saying. Those are the rules and apparently I broke the rules. I can’t do much about it,” she said.
I really can’t waste time. There are Americans and Canadians who come from left, right, and center. So I have to do my best and see where it takes me in the next two days.
McKeown famously dropped the F-bomb in a live poolside interview after winning gold in the 100m backstroke at the Tokyo Games.
The Australian star was also pictured giving her sister Taylor the middle finger after winning silver in the 200m medley at the Commonwealth Games in 2022.