Pool queen Kaylee McKeown gives a big “F**k you” to swim organizers – after the Australian star was controversially disqualified at the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan
- McKeown has a clear message for the organizers
- Champ was disqualified for a stroke violation
- McKeown is particularly motivated to win the next race
Olympic swimming champion Kaylee McKeown gave a big “f**k you” to swim organizers after being disqualified at the world championships and stripped of a likely medal.
McKeown and Australia officials are puzzled over their disqualification from Sunday night’s 200m individual medley semi-final.
The judges ruled she broke the stroke rules when she went from the backstroke to the breaststroke – but McKeown argues she had done nothing wrong.
“I didn’t get to see it last night, but this morning I saw the footage (see below) and I cried a little,” McKeown said.
“It’s been 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 tough message for swim organizers after her disqualification
The judges ruled that she broke stroke rules when she switched from the backstroke to the breaststroke on Sunday night
“It’s just trying to turn it into a positive and just do the big f-you thing.”
Australian head coach Rohan Taylor lodged a formal protest against McKeown’s reinstatement, which was rejected.
“It’s done, they say no, they confirmed it.” I 100% disagree, but I don’t think it’s final. “We protested against that,” he said.
“I watched the video … It’s all about the angle.” I said I don’t think it’s definitive and we protested but they said they stood by it.
“Ultimately, those are the rules.” They’ve made it and they don’t want you to roll past the 90-degree mark. I disagreed, but the rules are the rules.
“They have cameras on every lane.” That’s why it takes so long in the prelims because they’re going over everything and looking at things.
“It’s absolutely going to be the world we live in now.” That’s where it will be… She’ll learn from it. She needs to move on to the next step.’
McKeown says her disqualification from medley only fueled her motivation to win more races, including her favorite event, the 100m backstroke.
McKeown says her disqualification from the event only increased her motivation
McKeown was photographed giving her sister Taylor the middle finger after winning silver in the 200m individual medley at the 2022 Commonwealth Games
That does not happen. Unfortunately I have to learn from this. We have footage and other angles that say something different than what the officers saw.
“You have to follow what they say.” Those are the rules and I obviously broke the rules. “There’s not much I can do about that,” she said.
“I really can’t waste time. There are Americans and Canadians coming left, right and center. So I have to do my best and see where that takes me over the next two days.”
McKeown dropped the F-bomb in a live poolside interview after winning gold in the 100m backstroke at the Tokyo games.
The Aussie star was also photographed giving the middle finger to her sister Taylor after she won silver in the 200m individual medley at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.