The Courier-Mail

Rio test throws up some challenges


BRISBANE’S world junior rowing titles bronze medallist Adam Bakker (right) had to overcome a stomach bug before competing at a Rio Olympics test event which has increased attention on the course’s water quality.

The US team at the regatta claimed illness of 13 of their rowers could be linked to the water quality, which testing organised by the Associated Press before the championsh­ips concluded that bacteria found was capable of making a person sick if a small amount of water was ingested.

The Australian­s reported illness to three of their 23 rowers.

“Adam had two days off soon after he got down to training and came good on the day before his heat,” said Christian Oneto, director of the rowing program at Bakker’s Nudgee College.

Australia’s only medallist at the junior event then raced in his heat, semis and final of the single scull, winning a bronze medal.

A Rowing Australia spokeswoma­n said the rate of illness in the team was “not in excess” of other experience­s with Australian teams at overseas regattas.

A female Australian rower was unable to compete in a Bfinal, however team officials believed it was due to food poisoning rather than the water.

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