Two Australian swimmers pulled out of competition and South Africa topped Thursday’s honours, winning two out of five gold on offer. Australia, England and Canada won a gold apiece.
Ernest Stoeckel and Andrew Lauterstein pulled out of the men’s 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly preliminaries after they complained of stomach illness. Speculation is that the water at the pool in the Dr S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex might be the cause but both Australia and England refused to lodge any complaint. England have asked for tests to be conducted but their media attache, Dave Richards, said it was a “routine procedure”.
Competition manager Kamlesh Nanavati denied that the water was sub-standard but did admit that few toilets were “dirty” and there “wasn’t adequate water in the players’ rooms”. Canadian swimmer Matthew Brent, too, was down with a stomach bug but it didn't stop the 27-year-old from winning the 100m freestyle in record time. England’s Rebecca Adlington retained her 800m freestyle gold.