NZ rowers happy about sculls restart
Sun, 05 Aug 2012 5:34a.m.
New Zealand rower Storm Uru says he has no problems with the rule that allowed the rival British crew a restart after problems on their boat.
"It's important you race all the best people in the world," Uru says.
"You don't want to be given a medal."
The final of the lightweight men's double sculls had to be restarted after Britons Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, who were defending their Olympic crown, had problems with a seat.
After quick repairs, they were allowed back in the start box because the incident happened inside the first 100 metres.
Purchase and Hunter went on the collect silver, being pipped on the finish line by the fast-finishing Danish combination of Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist.
Uru and crewmate Peter Taylor got the bronze.
Uru said he and Taylor were unaffected by what happened at the start and they were "100 per cent happy" with the umpire's decision.
Officials later dismissed a French protest that the problem was not a mechanical failure, but was caused by one of the rowers, and that it happened after 100 metres.
Purchase said the clip that held the seat on the slides got twisted.
"One of the wheels got loose and it just jammed in the slides," he says.
"Obviously, if the seat is not moving, you cannot row."
As to where the mishap occurred, Hunter says: "We were well inside."
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