The poor, misunderstood country of Iran has pulled its swimmer from the Olympic trials because he was assigned to swim the same heat as an Israeli, according to Gateway Pundit (quoting Irananian News).
The Iranian swimmer, Mohammad Bidarian, has refused to compete with his Israeli rival in the 100-meter freestyle event in Croatia.
Bidarian advanced to the semifinal in the 100-meter breaststroke event after he clocked a time of 52.25 seconds on Thursday morning. (Emphasis added.)
This sort of ant-Semitism should get the Iranians tossed from the Olympics, but it won't. It will earn Iran a visit from Barack Obama, if he gets elected. Maybe Barry can invite Mohammad for a swim in the hotel pool. Then again, if Mohammad won't swim with a Jew he probably won't swim with a Black.
Aside from Iran's bigotry, however, there's another problem. The world record for the men's 100 meter breaststroke is held by an American, Brendan Hansan, who went a 59.13.
Yet we are told that the Iranian -- who scratched the Olympics rather than swim in the same water as a Jew -- swam the 100 meter breaststroke in 52.25.
Either the Iranians can't tell the difference between freestyle and breaststroke, or they're photoshopping their results -- just like they did with their missile test this week. Perhaps Iran, not a country known for personal liberty, objects to the word "free" in "freestyle." Time for the Olympic Committee to "change" back to the old name, the Australian Crawl.