FINA má loyva døming út í frá undirvatnsupptøkum

Góð grein her á SwimmingWorld Magazine, um hvussu undirvatnsupptøkurnar frá HM í Shanghai týðiligt vísa hvussu brasilski Felipe Silva snýtti við firvaldabeinsparki í innslagnum í 50 metra bringu finaluni, og um hvussu FINA tí má loyva døming út í frá undirvatnsupptøkunum eisini. Ella loyva firvaldasparki her, ella á annan hátt umganga at sami dómari hevur ábyrgd fyri at hyggja at innslagnum við hondum og møguligum firvaldabeinsparki í senn.

Debate continues on the current breaststroke turn and finish rules that govern competitive swimming. Video from the 2011 FINA World Championships of Brazil’s Felipe Silva finishing with an illegal dolphin kick to capture gold in the 50 meter breaststroke is proof that FINA needs to take another look at how it monitors the stroke.

Breaststrokers have been using the illegal dolphin kick UNDERWATER for ages—and FINA knows it. FINA has passed rules that disallow it, but it has no mechanism other than the human eye ABOVE WATER to monitor it.

With the advent of underwater cameras that stream real-time video to the public around the world, FINA must change the rules or set new standards that no longer exclude underwater video review from officials.

Currently, judges on the pool deck are trained to observe a legal hand touch at the same time they are trained to observe a legal leg kick. Both actions are performed at two different points on the athlete’s body and often take place within a fraction of a second of each other. The reality is that most judges concentrate on the hand touch and not the leg movement.

FINA has an obligation to avail its judges the same race views that the thousands of fans are enjoying back home in their living rooms.

Under current FINA rules, it would take a walleyed judge suffering from exotropia even to have a chance of making the right call on both movements during turns and finishes. The Japanese have a term for this visual anomaly. It is called “Lon-Pari,” meaning one eye on London and the other on Paris. I would rather call it “Shang-Switz,” meaning one eye on the pool in Shanghai and the other on the FINA offices in Switzerland.

Unfortunately for Silva, his race footage offers compelling evidence that a change is necessary because the world saw it on TV while no official was privy to the same view. The race footage should serve as a warning to FINA of the challenges ahead if they continue to turn a blind eye. View Footage of the Silva Finish Here

This is not a referendum on Silva. Congratulations on his win. But at this point in the evolution of the sport, FINA needs to evaluate its options to strengthen the sport.

2 thoughts on “FINA má loyva døming út í frá undirvatnsupptøkum”

  1. Nú er FM beint fyri framman, og eg vil her vísa á hvussu heimsins skjótasta kvinna “svimur” bringusvimjing.
    Hetta er hennara firvaldbeinspark sum hon ger í undirvatnstakinum. Legg til merkis, at hon ger tað áðrenn hon ger armtaki. Og trúgv mær, tá ið hon vinnur í London, so sær tað soleiðis út.


    Bara so typiskt, at USA var um at fara í koma eftir HM í Shanghai har onkur (ikki úr USA) gjørdi okkurt fy fy í bringusvimjing, og hetta er teirra heimsmethaldari í 50 & 100m bringusvimjing.

    Eg vil ikki hava at nakar roynur at gera sum Hardy ger… enn. Kom í eina HM/OL finalu fyrst, so ber alt til 😉

    Góða eydnu til FM øll somul.

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