5 Oct 2010

D'Arcy flops amid farcical event opening

6:29 am on 5 October 2010

The controversial Australian swimmer Nick D'Arcy flopped instead of flying as other Australians endured a farcical opening to competition at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

D'Arcy, who was dumped from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and last year's world titles after a brutal assault on former team member Simon Cowley, failed to qualify for a 200 metres butterfly final he was expected to win.

He was inconsolable after his dream of sporting redemption sank and couldn't explain his failure.