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Olympic Congress in Copenhagen Scraps Restart Rule

Posted: Mar. 6th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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London's 2012 Olympics will mark the last time an Olympic restart, a protocol for restarting certain events in the event of equipment failure, will ever be put into play now that Olympic officials in Copenhagen have banned the practice for future events. The ban will resolve future controversies about when to implement bans, such as when France protested following a failure immediately after the closure of the race.

THE law that allowed Gloucestershire rower Zac Purchase an Olympic restart has been scrapped.


Purchase and lightweight double sculls partner Mark Hunter claimed silver medals at London 2012, but very nearly didn't make it to the finishing line at all.


The Beijing 2008 Olympic champions sped away from the line in the Olympic final, before equipment problems hit.


Coming to a halt within millimetres of the 100m marker at Eton Dorney, Purchase and Hunter threw their arms in the air in protest as Purchase's seat appeared to jam in the runners.


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