US relay team disqualified at World Championships

Kevin Cordes of the USA competes during the Swimming Men's 200m Breaststroke on day thirteen of the 15th FINA World Championships on August 1, 2013
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France win gold in the men's 4x100m medley relay at the FINA World Championships after the US are disqualified for an early start.

France secured the gold medal in the men's 4x100m medley relay at the FINA World Championships after their US counterparts were disqualified.

The Americans came in first with a time of three minutes and 30.06 seconds, but officials penalised them after Kevin Cordes was adjudged to have jumped early by 0.04 seconds during his breaststroke leg.

"A relay disqualification is not a particular individual's fault," Cordes's teammate Nathan Adrian told reporters. "It's Team USA's fault and it falls on all of our shoulders.

"It will really motivate him. In the next couple of years we're going to have the fastest breaststroker in the world."

France's finish time of three minutes and 31.51 seconds won them the gold, with Australia taking silver and Japan going home with bronze.

Great Britain's Siobhan Marie O'Connor smiles after she won the semi-final 1 of the women's 200m individual medley swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 2, 2015
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