Australian Matthew Glaetzer was robbed of a bronze medal in the men’s sprint.
In extraordinary scenes where officials took over an hour to review the footage, Glaetzer was eventually relegated in race three against Scotsman Jack Carlin and had his bronze medal stripped in a decision that the great Australian cyclist Katey Bates called it “an absolute travesty”.
While his Australian teammate Matthew Richardson took gold in the event, Glaetzer’s bronze medal prank had the cycling world talking.
Bates exploded commenting for Channel 7 as officials finally announced their verdict after a thorough review.
Officials ruled that Glaetzer made contact with the Scottish driver as he passed him on the corner of the decisive third race.
Bates said the contact was not enough for Glaetzer to be punished so harshly.
There were also suggestions that Carlin initiated the contact after he left his line and unfairly embarrassed Glaetzer. Carlin was seen to have briefly wavered as they made contact, but didn’t appear to be protesting the outcome.
In the end, it was announced that Glaetzer had been relegated, handing Carlin the bronze medal.
Bates said it was a total injustice.
“I disagree. If they want to be that picky, they need all camera angles and they definitely need super zoom,” she said.
“I have none of it. Anytime contact is when Jack Carlin came up the track and even touched Matt Glaetzer. If anyone got in the way it was Matt Glaetzer. But the judges, you have to respect their decision. I’m not sure I respect this one to be honest.
“I want to because I think rules are rules but I think it’s a pretty shitty decision. I’m devastated for Matt Glaetzer. I don’t see how Australians will accept this and feel robbed. is an absolute travesty in my mind. I don’t even think Jack Carlin will be happy with this turnaround. You want to win fair and square, and this is the most ridiculous relegation I’ve ever seen.
“I’m very devastated for Matt Glaetzer. And I think that’s a misinterpretation.
“Glaetzer was seen as absolutely crushed when the verdict was announced in a heartbreaking scene.
“You can see it in his face. This decision just broke him, it’s not fair in my opinion,” Bates said.
“He has no right of appeal. That’s probably why the decision took so long because they were deliberating about it, and certainly the Aussies were arguing as hard as they could and pushing Matt Glaetzer’s case. .
“It’s just absolute heartbreak for him. The look on his face, guys, there were a lot of tears tonight at the velodrome for happy reasons and now for sad reasons.
“I won’t give my opinion. But I think what everyone in Australia is thinking at the moment and I think the same as this man on our screens. We are absolutely devastated to have the bronze medal taken away after the superhuman efforts of the past few days. Totally devastated.
She said the rulebook is as clear as mud when it comes to the matter.
England cycling legend Chris Hoy also said it was wrong that the fastest cyclist didn’t win the race.
“I’m Scottish and a Jack supporter of course, but it has to be said that the fastest driver won this race,” he said of Glaetzer.
“The only question is whether it had an impact on Glaetzer’s passage? I think initially he was trying to defend himself and prevent Jack from coming up the track and blocking him. Jack didn’t, Jack held his line.
“But Glaetzer was just a little clumsy and hit him. If he was just literally two inches higher he would have passed Jack and that would have been fine. But hitting Jack could have affected the result.
Originally published as ‘Absolute parody’: Aussie star shattered after medal theft