The French team has announced that it has made a claim: Italy's Rachele Bruni reportedly "leaned on Muller's legs" "150 meters from the finish line".
France's Aurélie Muller narrowly missed her qualification for the Olympic Games (Olympics) in Tokyo in 2020 by narrowly failing to finish in the top 10 of the 10km open water at the World Swimming Championships, Yeosu (South Korea) Sunday, June 14 in the morning.
At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the 29-year-old Frenchwoman was disqualified and thus deprived of a silver medal for having embarrassed another competitor, and had since hoped to take revenge in Tokyo. But the two-time world champion 10-kilometer ranked only eleventh, for a tenth, in South Korean waters, when a top 10 was imperative to win an Olympic sesame.
In Korea Sunday morning, China's Xin Xin won in 1 h 54 min 47 sec 2/10e, in front of American Haley Anderson (1:54:48 am) and Bruni (1:54 am: 49.9). The other Frenchwoman in the running, Lara Grangeon, got her ticket for the Olympics 2020, finishing fourth.
A claim brought by the France team
However, the coaching staff of the French team explained that they had lodged a complaint against the Italian Rachele Bruni, who was finally third and who was accused of "Anti-sporting gesture", namely, to have "Leaning on the legs" from Muller "150 m from the finish".
After almost two hours of racing and a final sprint swimming in a great confusion, the ranking of the top 10 – and therefore qualified Olympic – was formalized only after about twenty minutes of waiting.
In Rio three years ago, it is precisely a gesture against Bruni, with whom she was elbow-to-elbow in the very last meters. It had cost Philippe Lucas's student the silver medal and had earned him a disqualification.