On Sunday, the judges at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain got straight petty with the U.S. Men’s relay team and took away their 4×100 medley relay victory for the smallest of infractions. 0.01 seconds of an infraction to be exact.
The team was disqualified after Kevin Cordes dove into the pool 0.04 seconds — 0.01 seconds too soon — before teammate Matt Grevers tapped the wall, according to the Associated Press.
Yup, 0.01 seconds too soon.
They could only watch in stunned silence as the victory was snatched from them.
“That’s like a punch in the gut right there,” U.S. men’s team head coach Bob Bowman said.
Really tough night to swallow. Thanks for all the support it was an absolute honor to represent my country!
— Kevin Cordes (@KwCordes) August 4, 2013