Take that, Redgrave! Fans give Niger rookie huge ovation after criticism (but he still finishes 28 seconds behind nearest rival!)
09:51 GMT, 31 July 2012
Niger's rookie rower Hamadou Djibo Issaka received another huge ovation from the crowd at Eton Dorney as he finished last Tuesday morning's E semi-final.
The 35-year-old, who has been compared to the Equatorial Guinea swimmer Eric 'The Eel' Moussambani, finished 28 seconds behind his nearest rival.
Huge ovation: The Eton Dorney crowd have taken to Niger rower Issaka
Sir Steve Redgrave was written to by rowing's governing body, FISA, after he criticised the presence of Issaka at the Games.
Redgrave said: 'You've got to be encouraging more countries to get involved but there are better scullers from different countries who are not
No pain, no gain: The rookie was around 300 metres from the finish when the race was won
But that hasn't deterred Djibo Issaka, who was still around 300 metres from the finish line when the race was won by So Sau Wah from Hong Kong – and his times are getting slower.
After finishing his heat in eight minutes and 25 seconds, Djibo Issaka today crawled home in nine minutes and seven seconds.
Brave: Issaka takes a rest after competing on Tuesday morning
The announcer at Eton Dorney praised him for 'ploughing on bravely'.
Djibo Issaka has one race left at the Olympics – the F final, which will decide the last places in the 33-athlete single scull field.