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Top Italian swimmer in tears after being disqualified when her hi-tech skinsuit bursts open at the rear
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Published on 3 Jul. 2009 12:55 AM IST
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It's the wardrobe malfunction to end them all. Italian Olympic swimmer Flavia Zoccari was forced to sit out a championship race at the Mediterranean Games on Wednesday after her bathing costume burst open in a very unfortunate place. Flavia, 22, was wearing the controversial £318 top-of-the-line Jaked J01 swimsuit when disaster struck at the Games in Pescara, Italy. She burst into tears as she was forced to stand down from her race. Jaked boasts that the full-body swimsuit - complete with back hinge - is 'more than skin'. However the aerodynamic costume has been the subject of controversy after it was banned by FINA (the International Swimming Federation) earlier this year because it gave swimmers wearing it an unfair advantage. FINA lifted the ban on the swimsuit a month later, in June of this year, after Jaked, which sponsors the Italian national swim team, protested the ban. Zoccari - who is nearly six feet tall - later apologised for the embarrassing incident.

 
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