No craic for O’Donovan brothers as Olympics rowing called off again

The Olympic rowing regatta was called on Wednesday as rain and gusty winds lashed the Rodrigo De Freitas lagoon. Organisers and team managers were meeting to discuss a revised schedule for Thursday.

An Olympic spokesman said ‘No racing will take place today’. The first of the rowing finals, the men’s scull finals and women’s quadruple sculls were down for decision but the inclement weather left organiser no choice but to cancel the events. Defending Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning also due to compete in the semi-finals of the women’s pair.

The rowing competition has been dogged by inclement weather since the beginning of the Olympics. The races on Sunday last were postponed for a day when strong winds caused problems on the lagoon.

On Wednesday morning, the weather was very misty and visibility was quite poor, while rain and wind also lashed the events. It is unclear as of now if the events will take place tomorrow, a better forecast will be needed if this is to be the case.

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