The accusation will come as a shock to many pros and the British Triathlon community, in which Wiltshire is generally held in high regard; however, it’s not the first time the former ITU triathlete has been involved in dispute over swim tactics, as Wiltshire served a six-month ITU ban back in 2011 for “unsportsmanlike conduct”, after footage emerged that showed him swimming over the then ITU World Champion Javier Gomez of Spain.
Wiltshire congratulated Frodeno on his victory numerous times, and has received support from athletes, fans and sponsors defending his character. While the two have appeared to call a truce of some sorts the alleged incident opened up a wider debate into the refereeing of swim tactics on social media, and whether athletes have the right to complain about unintentional clashes on the swim.
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*Since this article was published, Harry has sent 220 this statement: “When you have just added your second Ironman World Champs to your Olympic Gold medal you can pretty much do anything you like. Jan didn’t need to publicly apologise, but he took the time to publicly say he overstepped the mark the day after a phenomenal race: one more reason why he is a worthy champion.”*