Never an easy job but you know it’s been a great race when you are unaware of the umpire following behind and keeping an eye on proceedings.
Three times during this regatta there were potential conflict-inducing incidents and each time an umpire had to make a decision.
Read what happened below and let us know what you think.
- New Zealand Womens Quad break a scull. They’d just got into qualifying position for the final and caught a crab causing a scull to break. Race goes on without them and they paddle over the line last with only three people rowing.
- Great Britain Mens Pair steer out of their lane. during the final few strokes the pair drift towards bow side [pulled round by stroke in final sprint?]. The adjacent crew is New Zealand who are lengths in front and unaffected plus their hull mercifully stays just the right side of the buoys until they are over the finish line.
- Great Britain Lightweight Mens Double Scull have equipment failure just after the start. They stop and bow man Zac Purchase appeals and the umpire stops the race, bringing all the crews back to a re-start.
Were Umpiring Decisions Correct?
Social media has provided us with some insight from the crowd. What do you think?