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Swimming Wednesday, 31 July, 2002, 01:04 GMT 02:04 UK
Disqualified swimmer reinstated
Jennifer Reilly
Reilly reacted with amazement when disqualified
Australia's Jennifer Reilly regained the 200m individual medley silver medal on Tuesday after winning an appeal over her elimination.

Reilly, who finished second behind Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry, had initially been disqualified for an incorrect turn on the opening butterfly length into the backstroke.

But an approach by Australian officials to the referee led to her being reinstated.

The move meant Canadians Marianne Limpert and Elizabeth Warden, who had already been presented with silver and bronze medals, were relegated to third and fourth.

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The aquatics competition management will take all necessary steps to prevent any repeat
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Commonwealth Games swimming organisers
"Following an approach by Australian team officials, the referee was alerted to a potential error and, having investigated the matter throroughly, recognised an error had been made," the organisers said in a statement.

"The referee has therefore reinstated Reilly... The organising committee for the aquatics competition deeply regrets this unfortunate incident and together with the relevant team managers is working to find the most appropriate way to correct this mistake and re-award the medals to the swimmers.

"The aquatics competition management will take all necessary steps to prevent any repeat of such an incident."


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