| Probably the most dramatic event in rowing at the Olympic Games in Rio was held in the finals of men's single sculls. Croatian rower Damir Martin finished simulateneously with Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand. However, photo-finish showed that the difference was a portion of a centimeter, so that Damir Martin was decorated with silver medal. It is a huge success of Croatian sports. Both competitors finished with the same result of 6:41:34, i.e. with equal within one hundredth of the second. According to the current FISA rule, this result is then a dead heat, and both competitors should have been decorated with gold medals. However, the Olympic Committee in Rio did not respect the FISA rule. |
Less than 1/100th is not possible to measure acording FISA RULE BOOK , Rule 79.
Here, FISA is the acronym of The International Rowing Federation.
FISA Rule Book: In Rule 79: ... 4.) 'Timing - ... finish times shall be recorded to 1/100th of seconds. ...* in Rule 80 * When the order of two or more crews is too close for any difference to be determined, then the result shall be declared a dead heat between the crews involved....
The Olympic Committe did not respect the rules of FISA, and hence did grave injustice to Damir Martin at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, who should have been decorated with gold medal, as well as M. Drysdale.
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