London: Rower Swarn Singh bowed out of medal contention in the men's singles sculls event at the London Olympics 2012 after finishing fourth in the quarter-finals here on Tuesday.
Swarn qualified for the quarter-finals after winning the repechage round, following his fourth place finish in the heats.
But on Tuesday, Swarn finished fourth in the quarters with a timing of 7:11:59 to crash out of medal contention. The result, though, was followed by some confusion as Swarn's name figured in the line-up for semi-final C/D. But the competition format clearly states that the boats from semifinals C/D row for the 13th to 24th place.
The competition format mentioned on the official London Olympics website states the same. Here's an excerpt:
"Events with 19–24 boats begin with heats, from which the best boats qualify directly for semi-finals A/B. All other boats progress to the repechage round, which offers a second chance to qualify for the semi-finals. The best three boats in semi-finals A/B qualify for final A, which determines places 1–6 (including the medals). Unsuccessful boats from semi-finals A/B go forward to final B, which determines places 7–12. Unsuccessful boats from the repechage go to semi-finals C/D; from here, they go either to final C (places 13–18) or final D (places 19–24)."
So if Swarn's name figures under semi-final C/D, then he will either compete for final C (places 13-18) or final D (places 19-24).
Meanwhile in the men's doubles sculls event, the team of Mandeep Singh and Sandeep Kumar failed to make it through to the quarter-finals.