“When I found out I was getting another chance I had my suit off so I had to put on another suit and get ready,” he said. “It’s unfortunate and it’s not fair to me that I have to swim twice to make the semifinal.”
Compared with Sabbioni, however, Carter seemingly got off easy.
Sabbioni, speaking in Italian, said he informed officials something felt wrong with the wedge before his heat, but they checked it and assured him it was fine. After his bungled start it was obvious the straps had given out and caused him to fall backward into the water.
He was then allowed a second attempt alone in the pool, but the equipment failed again. On his third try, he finished in 53.85 and advanced to the semifinals.
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