Storm Uru, Peter Taylor win bronze
Sat, 04 Aug 2012 11:41p.m.
New Zealand bronze medallist Storm Uru says he has no problems with the rule that allowed the rival British crew a race restart before they won the silver medal.
The final of the lightweight men's double sculls had to be restarted yesterday after Britons Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, who were defending their Olympic crown, signalled that they 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.
"It's important you race all the best people in the world," Uru said.
"You don't want to be given a medal."
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 said.
"Obviously, if the seat is not moving, you cannot row."
As to where the mishap occurred, Hunter said: "We were well inside."
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