Friday , September 24 2021

Tokyo Olympics: Russian athlete accidentally wins wrong medal after NZ wins gold in rowing



A Russian athlete almost won the first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

False steps fell when kiwi rowers Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler received their medals to win the women’s doubles rowing final on Thursday.

The rowing pair overtook the ROC duo, Vasilisa Stepanova and Elena Oriabinskaia, at the finish line by 1.27 seconds.

When the silver medals were handed out, Oriabinskaia won the gold medal, before her teammate pointed out that it was not hers. Then he quickly grabbed a silver.

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The Games official and the rowers laughed at it and the New Zealanders received their correct medals.

The moment Elena Oriabinskaia realized her mistake after her teammate pointed out her medals, the silver ones.

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The moment Elena Oriabinskaia realized her mistake after her teammate pointed out her medals, the silver ones.


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