Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
8 Aug 2016
12:10 am

Poor weather keeps SA rowers on shore

Wesley Botton

The majority of Team SA's Olympic rowing crews will hit the water at Lagoa Stadium at least one day later than expected.

James Thompson and John Smith at the Henley Regatta’s Double Sculls Challenge Cup. Photo: Reg Caldecott/ANA

The start of their Olympic campaign was delayed by poor conditions in Rio on Sunday.

Four SA crews – the men’s lightweight double sculls (James Thompson and John Smith), men’s heavyweight four (David Hunt, Jake Green, Jonty Smith and Vincent Breet), women’s lightweight double sculls (Ursula Grobler and Kirsten McCann) and women’s pair (Kate Christowitz and Lee-Anne Persse) – had been scheduled to compete in the heats in the morning session.

Strong winds, however, resulted in the day’s regatta being postponed for safety reasons.

The scheduled was pushed back by one day, organisers confirmed, and all four boats would compete on Monday’s third day of competition at the multi-sport showpiece, provided conditions allowed the regatta to continue.