USA DQ’d in 400 medley relay after claiming gold

USA’s 400 medley relay was disqualified after winning the gold medal at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday.

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian anchored the relay in the freestyle, going 46.69 on his split. Matt Grevers gave the Americans the lead in the backstroke, and newcomer Kevin Cordes swam the breaststroke. It was Cordes, however, who left early off the exchange and raised the red flag by the judges. Lochte kept the U.S. in the lead and Adrian blew away the rest of the field on the finishing leg.

France won the gold in 3:31.51, followed by Russia in 3:31.64 and Japan in 3:32.26.

The U.S.’s time was 3:30.06.