The Swedish rowing duo Markus Oscarsson and Anders Gustafsson deliberately failed the K-2 canoeing in the Olympics today. The explination for this is that by qualifying to K-2 they also qualified for K-1, an event that they both have a higher chance of winning. The K-1 race starts only one hour after the K-2, so they decided to save their energy for the second race. The rules say that you must compete in an event you have qualified for.

I think the honorable thing to do is to do your best in all events you’re competing in and try to win them all, even if you don’t get a medal in either one. That way you don’t look like an ass if you fail the race you were really hoping to win.