23 Jul '11, 8am

Swimming: Officials drag US swimmer from 25km marathon at worlds

Swimming: Officials drag US swimmer from 25km marathon at worlds

SHANGHAI : US officials chased down a swimmer and forced her out of the world championships' gruelling 25km marathon over safety fears, following the death of an American competitor last year. Officials on a boat shouted to Claire Thompson, 22, to stop swimming, fearing she could succumb to heat exhaustion. When she continued, they pursued her and pulled alongside before she finally withdrew. Saturday's incident highlights significant safety fears over the demanding event after the death of Olympic 10km bronze medallist Fran Crippen during a race, which sent shockwaves through the sport. Thompson, 22, who did not seem to be in trouble but was unlikely to challenge for a medal, had ignored team recommendations to skip the six-hour race because of searing heat. She appeared unhappy at the forced withdrawal. Two other American athletes withdrew before the start at the urging ...

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