The United States swimming foursome of Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Zach Apple and Nathan Adrian thought they had broken a record Saturday at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. They had swam the men’s 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:11.67, the fastest-ever time at the quadrennial meet.
They thought they had claimed golds, and celebrated accordingly. They stood atop the podium. They savored the medal ceremony.
By the end of the night, however, they were without medals altogether.
The Americans were disqualified for swimming out of order, a mistake that appears to have been the result of a coaching error.
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🔥 swim from #TeamUSA to get the 400m relay GOLD! (Oh, and a new meet record 3:11.67!!)
🏊♂️ @Nathangadrian #PanPacs2018 pic.twitter.com/cqEu0Zpchd
— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) August 11, 2018