When You’re Missing Nine Reps, Don’t Just Blame Your Judge
During Event 3 at the South Regionals, Sean Sweeney got a little ahead of himself and ran to the finish line. The only problem is he hadn’t actually finished the workout yet.
Sweeney ran across the finish line at 9:29 but he still had nine pistols left to complete. The head judge came over about 30 seconds later and pulled him back on the floor for the final nine reps.
This error brought his final time up to 10:19 for a 5th place finish. In all likelihood, he would have ended either 2nd or 3rd.
Dang, that stinks.
Yes it sure does, but here’s why we’re writing about it: Sean Sweeney didn’t blame someone else, which is so often what we see happen.
In an interview later on, he took responsibility, saying: “This was a learning experience for me. I got real excited and I saw that I was closing in [on Brandon Luckett]. With all the moving of nine, I forgot to just keep count and I was just counting to nine instead of counting to 54 and I ran a little bit early.
It’s on me to count and I miscounted…It’s obviously frustrating but that’s on me.”