Ingibjörg's time was 28.62 seconds, enough to break her own Icelandic record from April this year. She bested her old record by 0.27 seconds.
"This was totally insane. I was very happy. Better than I expected", Ingibjörg told the Icelandic Swimming Association.
Ingibjörg was only 20 milliseconds from getting into the semifinals, but the 16 best swimmers made it through. Ingibjörg was in 16th-17th place along with a Finnish swimmer.
Very frustrating - Extra frustrating
"It's obviously very frustrating to be 17th when 16 make it to the finals".
The frustration was even worse a few moments later when it was clear that one of the finalists couldn't compete. Usually she would then have to compete in a face-off swim competition against the Finnish swimmer about the available spot in the finals.
Some mistake or misunderstanding hindered the chairman of the Icelandic Swimming Association from reaching the Tournament chief. At the same time the Finnish team leader arranged for the Finnish contestant to be first into the finals for any unregistered swimmers. The Finnish girl then competed in the semifinals.
The Icelandic Swimming Association has filed a formal complaint to the International Swimming Association FINA.
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