Rio de Janeiro - The bulk of the South African rowing team were resigned to the ergo machine after organisers called off Sunday’s rowing Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon due to problems caused by rough weather.
Four of the country’s five boats were scheduled to get in on the action on Sunday but instead they were resigned to the ergo.
London Olympics gold medallists lightweight double sculls crew James Thompson and John Smith, were among the rowers that will have to wait until Tuesday to get their first taste Rio rowing.
As South Africa’s men’s four coach Paul Jackson pointed out the rowers lived for the pain of taking on the gruelling 2 000m course.
“Us rowers are used to the taste of lactic acid, that is what turns us on,” Jackson said.