Rough Water Stops Rowing on Day 5 in Rio

Meghan Musnicki, one of two rowers remaining from the US eight that won gold in London, says it was good to get a race under their belts with the new lineup.

A revised schedule for Thursday will follow. "No racing today. A new schedule will follow shortly".

The first of the rowing finals, the women's quadruple sculls and the men's quadruple sculls, had been due to be contested on Wednesday.

Sixteen races, including four finals, were originally supposed to take place on Thursday but the last four - the men's and women's lightweight double sculls minor finals - have already been moved as the qualifying rounds for that competition are yet to take place. After day two of the regatta was called off due to high winds capsizing two boats before the start, Sir Steve Redgrave raised the possibility of a doomsday scenario that echoed the Athens Olympics of 1896, when the whole rowing programme was cancelled.

Rowing also had to be rescheduled on some of the previous days, and Matt Smith, executive director of the ruling body FISA, said that there are contingency plans to stage events in the afternoon if the weather stays bad in the morning.

"We have the chance to do two sessions on Friday and Saturday".

"The long-term forecast is showing good weather on Friday and Saturday, similar to what we saw at the test event at the junior championships past year".

  • Angelo Rivera