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Olympic rower Zhang Liang missed the boat!



Rower forgot race time 


An Olympic rower was barred from competing further in Beijing after he forgot the time of the race.

When China’s Zhang Liang finally arrived to take part in the men’s single scull the competition had already ended.

“I wrongly remembered my time as that of the third group, but actually it was the second group,” Zhang explained.

According to the rules of the International Rowing Federation if an athlete fails to attend a race his right to compete in further races is forfeited.

Therefore Zhang not only missed the single sculls competition but also forfeited his right to compete in the final of the double sculls he had qualiified for earlier with his teammate Su Hui.

The China Water Sports Administration appealed to the International Federation but its plea was rejected.

There’s no further report about whether Zhang will be punished for his mistake.


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