It’s with great disappointment that we have to announce that Liam Maher’s swim from Sunday must be stricken from the record books. Following an objection from
Bernard Lynch unnamed parties of blatant drafting, the Committee For The Consideration Of Spurious Complaints And Investigation Of Potentially Underhand Matters In Open Water Swimming (CFTCOSCAIOPUMIOWS) has ruled that the evidence favours the removal of Mr. Maher’s name from the roll of honour for this swim.
The committee ruling was supported by the following photographic evidence:
Liam had been honest about his lack of training during the Summer and the fact that the distance was daunting. As the swim began, his strategy took shape.
More startling than the allegations of rampant, blatant, unapologetic drafting was the as yet unconfirmed report that Mr. Maher hopped out a few times and did his “swimming” on the support boat. Who was that American one Donal said did that?
Right to the finish, the tow rope stayed in place. Has the man no shame? Well, maybe a bit….
The CFTCOSCAIOPUMIOWS ruling is final. While representations on behalf of Mr. Maher were heard, the fact that the aggrieved unnamed party was wearing a Myrtleville Hat meant that whatever he said was taken as gospel and nobody listened to Liam.
The Revised Swim Success picture is below.
Revised Roll of Honour: Cashell, C., Irwin, E.,
Maher. L., Lynch, B. (AKA Unnamed Party).
Well done to all three successful swimmers.