Star Rower Dattu Bhokanal Says, Couldn't Win Singles Gold Due To High Fever

| September 9 , 2018 , 14:59 IST

Indian star rower Dattu Bhokanal who was the part of India's gold medal-winning team in the men's quadruple sculls event at the 18th Asian Games, on Saturday said that his single sculls performance was affected due to high fever.

Dattu had finished on the 6th spot in the men's single sculls competition and despite a good start, the 27-year-old rower lost momentum and eventually missed out to grab a medal.

Speaking to media, Dattu Bhokanal said, "I couldn't win gold due to high fever and was not fit even before the tournament. Since August 19, I had fever, but still managed to train."

Dattu also said, "On race day (August 23), my boat (single sculls) toppled and I fell into the water. My ears and nose got blocked and it aggravated my fever."

"I could have performed much better had I not had health issues to battle with," the Indian star rower said.

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He also described that it was due to his teammates that he could fare well in the team event and took complete rest before the quadruple sculls.

Dattu Bhokanal further added that "I was disappointed as I failed in my singles sculls. My teammates were there to support me and I took complete rest before the team event."

Dushyant Chauhan, who had won a bronze medal in lightweight single sculls at Incheon, defended his third place in the event while Bhagwan Singh and Rohit Kumar helped India bagging another bronze in the men's lightweight double sculls.