Top Italian swimmer's horror as her £318 bathing costume bursts open in a very unfortunate place at championship meet
By Mail Foreign ServiceLast updated at 3:22 PM on 01st July 2009
It's the wardrobe malfunction to end all wardrobe malfunctions.
Italian Olympic swimmer Flavia Zoccari was forced to sit out a championship race at the Mediterranean Games yesterday 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 today.
Italian swimmer Flavia Zoccari is forced to step down from competition after her Jaked bathing costume burst open at the back at the Mediterranean Games yesterday
Flavia - understandably - burst into tears in embarrassment and frustration at the incident
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.
The suit was a Jaked J01 - a controversial bathing costume that was banned by FINA, then approved
Flavia tries to recover from the event. Jaked sponsors the Italian team