Rowing at the 2020 Summer Olympics

rowing events at the 2020 Summer Olympics

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Rowing
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
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VenueSea Forest Waterway
Dates23–30 July 2021
No. of events14
Competitors526
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The rowing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will take place between 23 and 30 July 2021 at the Sea Forest Waterway (Central Breakwater) in Tokyo Bay. Fourteen medal events will be contested by 526 athletes (263 men and women each).[1]

Competition format

The rowing programme features a total of fourteen events, seven each for both men and women in identical boat classes. This gender equality was suggested by the World Rowing Federation at its February 2017 congress, with the recommendation adopted by the International Olympic Committee in June 2017. This balancing was achieved by deleting the men's lightweight four and adding the women's coxless four boat classes. The women's coxless four previously ran at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; the only time this boat class was an Olympic event. The changes to the Olympic rowing schedule are the first since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.[2]

Events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics include both disciplines of rowing: sweep rowing, where competitors each use a single oar, and sculling, where they use two placed on opposite sides of the boat. There is also one lightweight (weight restricted) event for each gender: the lightweight double sculls. Sculling events include men's and women's singles, doubles, lightweight doubles, and quads. Sweep events include men's and women's coxless pairs, coxless fours, and eights.[1]

Regatta venue

The event will take place at the Sea Forest Waterway, a new venue constructed specifically for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The water is about 6 metres deep. The course is 2335 meters long and 198 meters wide. Each lane is 12.5 m wide. There are 8 lanes.[3]

Qualification

Each nation might qualify one boat for each of the fourteen events. The majority of the berths will be awarded based on the results at the 2019 World Rowing Championships, held in Ottensheim, Austria from 25 August to 1 September 2019.[4] Places are awarded to National Olympic Committees, not to specific athletes, finishing in the top 9 in the single sculls (both men and women), top 5 in the eights, top 8 in the fours and quadruple sculls, top 7 in the lightweight double sculls, and top 11 each in the pairs and double sculls.[5] Further berths will be distributed to the nations (and in this case to specific competitors) at four continental qualifying regattas in Asia and Oceania, Africa, Latin America, and Europe, and at a final Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Competition schedule

Legend
H Heats R Repechage ¼ Quarterfinals ½ Semifinals F Final
Men's and women's races held on the same days[6][7][8]
Event↓/Date → Fri 23 Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30
Single sculls H R ¼/½ ½ F
Pair H R ½ F
Double sculls H R ½ F
Lightweight double sculls H R ½ F
Four H R F
Quadruple sculls H R F
Eight H R F

On 23 July, World Rowing announced changes to the schedule due to forecasted inclement weather for 26 July. All racing originally scheduled for 26 July was moved to 25 July. The eights heats were also moved from 25 July to 24 July to accommodate the new schedule.[9]

Participation

Events by number of boats entered

Each event has the same number of boats entered for men and women.

Event Number of boats per sex
Single sculls 32
Pair 13
Double sculls 13
Lightweight double sculls 18
Four 10
Quadruple sculls 10
Eight 7

Participating nations (number of rowers)

Records

Event Round Name Nation Time Date Record
Men's double sculls Heats Melvin Twellaar
Stef Broenink
 Netherlands 6:08.38 23 July OR[10]

Medalists

Men’s

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
details
Double sculls
details
Quadruple sculls
details
Coxless pair
details
Coxless four
details
Coxed eight
details
Lightweight double sculls
details

Women’s

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Single sculls
details
Double sculls
details
Quadruple sculls
details
Coxless pair
details
Coxless four
details
Coxed eight
details
Lightweight double sculls
details

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Qualification System – Games of the XXXII Olympiad – Tokyo 2020" (PDF). IOC, FISA. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  2. ^ "IOC confirm gender equality in rowing events for Tokyo 2020 with introduction of women's four". British Rowing. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Championships Junior Rowing World 2019" (PDF). e Organising Championships Junior Rowing World 20. 2019. p. 6. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  4. ^ Mackay, Duncan (7 September 2018). "Linz-Ottensheim awarded 2019 World Rowing Championships". insidethegames.biz. Dunsar Media Company Limited. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Tokyo 2020 – FISA Rowing Qualification System" (PDF). FISA. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Rowing Competition Schedule". Tokyo 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Rowing Regatta of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020" (PDF). www.worldrowing.com. International Rowing Federation. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Olympic Rowing Schedule Changes". row2k.com. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Russian archer faints in Tokyo heat". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  10. ^ [1]

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