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Ukraine plunges into nightmare at rowing worlds
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21:50, August 28, 2007

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It's a terrible day for Ukraine on Tuesday as the European team suffered double blows at the Munich Rowing World Championships.

In the second repechage of the women's double sculls, the Ukraine boat capsized in the 1,000m distance and did not finish the race. As a result they will not progress to the semi-final round. What's more depressing is Olena Buryak, one of the rowers, suffered fearful injury in the incident.

Buryak was carried to the bank by emergency speed boat, but she was in great pain and could not move around at all. For about three minutes, the ambulance came to her and doctors carried out immediate check-up. Buryak kept lying there and struggled with agony.

The doctors made transfusion for her on the spot and observed there for about 20 minutes before taking her to hospital.

Buryak finally managed to stand up to reach the stretcher, but no trace of pain diminishing came forth until her departure.

The working staff declined to reveal the details and regard it as an accident.

According to Cui Dalin, vice president of China General Administration of Sport, it's not a rowing blunder, but probably a physical malfunction.

Cui cycled to the spot at the same time as he arrived and witnessed all the process of instant cure.

"It's likely a problem on physique. A problem like heart attack or some other acute ailment," said Cui. "If it's a rowing accident, I don't think the rower can be injured like that."

"When physical trouble occurred during the race, the boat will overturn. A rowing fault like oar collision could also cause the capsizing, but it won't usually hurt the rower."

Another blow for Ukraine is women's single sculls relegation. In quarterfinal three, Ukraine was downgraded to last place as a result of the boat not meeting the minimum weight requirement.

In men's double sculls, the Bulgarian men's double scullers withdrew prior to the semi-final round. Martin Yanakiev is unable to row for medical reasons.

Source: Xinhua

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