Daniel Ricciardo has been stripped of his second place finish and disqualified form the Australian Grand Prix after stewards ruled his Red Bull car exceeded the fuel flow limit during the race.
OH, the agony.
The Australian athletes who thought they were on their way to glory only to be stripped of success on a technicality.
2000 Summer Olympics
Local girl Jane Saville was heading into the Olympic stadium tunnel for the final stretch of the 20km walk at the Sydney Games when she was pulled up for an illegal gait – or lift. After collapsing in tears, Saville was asked by a reporter if there was anything she wanted. She infamously responded: “A gun to shoot myself.”
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2001 World Swimming Championships
It’s been described as one of the strangest officiating decisions at a major swimming championship. When Petria Thomas jumped into lane five to celebrate victory, Italian Luisa Stiani still had about 1m to go in lane seven. The sport’s governing body FINA found it was a clear breach of the rules and Australian coach Don Talbot was not happy. “This is a kangaroo court,” he said. “Do you know what this is? It’s a farce.”
2014 Australian Formula One Grand Prix
The Perth prodigy looked to have become the first Australian to secure an F1 grand prix podium at Albert Park on Sunday, only for FIA to strip the Red Bull driver of his result due to a fuel flow issue. His team is appealing the decision.
2014 Winter Paralympics
Australia’s developing a bad reputation lately. Just last week, vision-impaired skier Melissa Perrine was disqualified for wearing an illegal visor in Sochi. Australian Paralympic Committee CEO Jason Hellwig put it bluntly when he said: “This is simply a very, dumb mistake by a number of people.’’
Australian officials say a simple mistake, not a deliberate attempt to cheat, was behind Paralympian Melissa Perrine’s disqualification from the super combined event in Sochi.
1997 Coolum Classic
Now Baker-Finch certainly wasn’t on his way to glory, but he gets a mention because of the unusual circumstances. The struggling former British Open winner disqualified himself from the first round of the Coolum Classic in Queensland when he was six-over after just eight holes then hit two balls into the water off the ninth tee. To cap it off, he greeted reporters with an obscene gesture and was fined $500 for picking up during his round and not entering a completed scorecard.