Hamadou Djibo Issaka (NIG) is not anOlympic Rowing champion
as the headline in both souvenir sheets suggests.On the contrary
- he came last in a field of 33 competitors, 300 mbehind the
second-slowest sculler in this event. He had been given awild-card
entry "to strengthen the principle of universal representation".
Whereas the media and the spectators celebrated the performance
of the 35-years-old athlete who was a novice with only three months
of training, Sir Steven Redgrave - Rowing legend with five gold medals
from five consecutive Olympic regattas - claimed he should not have
been allowed into the competition at the expense of better scullers.